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OPTIONAL RULES ........................ 1

ON THE COVER:
LILYPAD,
ECOPOLIS
Callebaut.

A
FLOATING
by
Vincent

GOING FOR A SWIM ........................ 1


INSPIRATION ZONE ..................... 7
INSPIRATION FROM VINCENT CALLEBAUT
.................................................... 7
CHARACTER RACES ....................12
PEELOVEN .................................... 12
SLIRRYS ....................................... 14
THE FELPA ................................... 15
EQUIPMENT...............................17
NEW VEHICLES FOR STAR FRONTIERS. 17
SPACESHIPS ...............................31
THE EMBECKER DANCE ................... 31
CREATURES OF THE FRONTIER ...51
BALNEUM BLUE CREATURES ............ 51
MORE ANIMALS OF THE FRONTIER .... 69
KAR'TIX XAG-XIN'S FIELD GUIDE TO
FRONTIER CREATURES, VOLUME III ... 76
FRONTIER EXPLORER .................80

OTHER ART CREDITS:


Artist Credit on images

FOREWORD
In this issue of the Star Frontiersman, we have a mix of the old and
new. I suppose though that that is the case with each issue.
We have a really good vehicle supplement from Andy Campbell over at
the SF-Un group on Yahoo. I have included the link here so you can
check out the discussions and see what else is new.
http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/SF-Un/
Last issue we got introduced to the Gold Star Cruise Lines. Now you
can check out some of their competition with the Embecker Dance.
On our cover, we have some great inspiration from the French
architect Vincent Callebaut. I found an article with his work in it last
year and he graciously allowed us to use his work in our fanzine. Check
out more of his work @ http://www.vincent.callebaut.org/.
With our inspiration Zone, Remastered Going for a Swim and the
Creature Section this issue, we are setting you up for a big adventure
next issue, Balneum Blue from Ben Rollo Gorman. I was inspired to
do a water themed issue. First from Jedions article in Frontier Explorer
#1, Dont Go in the Water. http://frontierexplorer.org/magazines.
The second was Vincents work.
So get yourself and your pcs prepared for some water action.

Raise your dice hand high!


William Douglass
Wdouglass1970@gmail.com

STAR FRONTIERS, WIZARDS OF THE COAST, and the WIZARDS OF THE COAST logo are trademarks belonging to Wizards of the Coast, Inc., a
subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc., and are used here without permission. 2001 Wizards of the Coast. All Rights Reserved. The free distribution of this
revised edition of the out-of-print game system is not intended to detract income from Wizards of the Coast.

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underwater, and they could trade, fight, or otherwise
interact with that race.

Going For A Swim


By William Tracy

Underwater action in
STAR FRONTIERSgaming
From Dragon Magazine #110 June 1986

Artificial gill suits


To survive underwater for long periods, characters
must employ a breathing apparatus known as an
artificial gill suit (AGS), which covers the wearers
entire body. It is made of a material that is similar to
that used in skeinsuits, and it may be left transparent
or
colored
as
the
manufacturer desires. Normal
goggles may be worn by
Humans, Vrusk, and Yazirian
divers.
The AGS will absorb onefourth of all damage caused by
projectile
and
gyrojet
weapons,
fragmentation
grenades, explosives, and
melee weapons. It cannot be
worn with any other suit of
armor, but a screen may be
used with it. When the AGS
has taken 35 points of
damage, it will be ruined and
useless as armor.
The
AGS
for
Humans,
Yazirians, and Vrusks conforms
to their basic physical shape
The AGS for Dralasites will
stretch to accommodate their
shape-changing abilities.

During the course of a STAR FRONTIERS campaign, a


group of adventurers might want or need to enter an
underwater environment unfortunately, the rule
books contain no rules for underwater play. This
article attempts to rectify that situation, and some
additional
equipment
usable
in
undersea
environments is also presented using these rules,
adventures could be created in which characters must
reach an underwater city covered by a pressurized
dome, escape from a damaged submarine, or swim in
search of a sunken ship or crashed spacecraft. They
might also encounter a sentient race that lives

A Yazirian AGS covers the


glide-wing membranes without hampering their use in
swimming (see below). Much of the exterior of the
AGS is covered by a series of microfilters, all made of
tough, translucent plastic. These microfilters draw
oxygen from the water, pumping the gas mixture
through small tubes to the area of the body where the
wearer inhales air. The waste gases produced are
released directly from the suit.
The whole system is regulated by a computer chip and
powered by a small energy cell good for five hours

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before it needs to be recharged. The AGS also has a


small digital display which can easily be seen by the
wearer. The display shows the divers depth, time in
the water, and the amount of power left in the suits
energy cell. The suit also has a built-in low-frequency
radio system, which has a range of one kilometer. The
AGS weighs five kilograms and costs 800 Credits. The
suit can be safely used at a maximum depth of 110
meters on Earthlike planets.
If a deeper dive is attempted, there is a cumulative 5%
chance per 10 meters below the safe limit that the
AGS will malfunction. This chance must be rolled for
every five minutes, with an additional 1% chance of
failure added for every additional five-minute period
spent beyond the first. The wearer will also take one
point of damage for every 10 meters he dives past the
maximum safe depth. This damage will be taken every
minute and is caused by increased pressure. Dralasites
will not start taking pressure damage until they reach
a depth of 160 meters, due to their elastic abilities.
There is also a 10% cumulative chance per 10 meters
of depth beyond the maximum safe limit, checked for
every 10 minutes, that a Human or Yazirian character
will have vivid hallucinations for five minutes as a
result of nitrogen narcosis. A check against the
characters Logic score lets him disbelieve the
hallucinations.
If the AGS malfunctions, the character wearing it must
hold his breath until he can reach the waters surface.
A character can hold his breath for a number of turns
equal to the characters Stamina score divided by five.
If the character is still underwater after running out of
breath, the character will take 2d10 damage for every
turn spent under water until death occurs from
drowning. If a character dives deeper than 10 meters,
the character must ascend slowly (at a rate of five
meters per turn) or risk getting a case of the bends.
Rends are caused by nitrogen bubbles forming in the
bloodstream, due to the quick change in pressure.
This can cause intense pain, doing one point of
damage per round until the character is placed in a
freeze field or a decompression chamber to stop the
loss of Stamina points. The damage from
decompression will never exceed 40 points, though
death can still occur as a result of it. Note that there is
a chance of dying as a result of the bends,
independent of the amount of damage taken, as per
the table below. Dralasites do not get the bends.

Chances of Contracting the Bends


Rate
of Chance to get the
Ascent
Bends
6 m/turn
10%
7 m/turn
40%
8 m/turn
60%
9 m/turn
80%
10+
100%
m/turn

Chance of Death
8%
16%
24%
32%
40%

If death is indicated, it will occur in 10 minutes. During


these 10 minutes, the character will lose one-tenth of
his current hit point value (rounded up) every minute
This procedure can be stopped by a freeze field or a
decompression chamber. A character must stay in a
decompression chamber for a number of minutes
equal to the lowest depth in meters that the character
reached. If a character dives below 60 meters, even if
he did not contract the bends, he must spend some
time in a decompression chamber. If the character
does not do this, he will get a case of the bends, like
that described above; within 1d5 hours Dralasite
characters will never contract the bends due to their
unique physiology.
If characters need to dive deeper than their limits,
they will have to use a submarine or an AGS designed
for greater depths
Movement
Characters can swim at a rate of 10 meters per turn
(or one kilometer per hour). If a character swims
longer than one hour, he will lose five Stamina points
for every 30 minutes he continues swimming. These
movement rates can be affected by obstacles such as
seaweed or coral (or alien equivalents thereof).
If a character swims through seaweed, he must move
at a rate of four meters per turn if a character tries to
move faster than that, he may become entangled (a
cumulative 10% per every turn of movement). This
should be checked for every third turn the character
will be entangled for 1d10 turns (1d5 if the character
has a sharp instrument with which to free himself).
If a character swims through areas containing coral
reefs, he must swim at a reduced rate of five meters
per turn. Faster speeds allow for a 10% chance per
turn traveled that the character will be cut by the

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sharp edges of the coral, causing 1d10 damage (half of


which can he absorbed by an AGS suit).
Another factor that might affect movement is the
presence of underwater currents. Such currents
usually have speeds ranging from 1-12 meters per
turn, but they can only he found at a depth of 60
meters or less. Characters may enter a current on
purpose to increase their speed.
To get out of a current, a character must roll his
Strength (minus 2% per meter/turn of speed the
current has) or less on percentile dice. The character
can attempt to leave the current once every five
minutes. After a number of attempts equal to the
characters Stamina score divided by five and rounded
down, the character must rest 30 minutes before
making any more attempts to escape the current.
The characters movement rates might also be
increased with special equipment, such as jet
scooters, jet fins, and submarines.
A jet scooter is a streamlined cylinder made of light
alloys, one meter in width and two meters long. It has
a built in jet turbine which enables it to go 20 meters
per turn. The character lies on top of the scooter and
steers it with a steering rod, which controls small tins
on the sides of the scooter. The scooter weighs five
kilograms and costs 300 Credits. It is powered by a
small rechargeable energy cell, which can power the
scooter for five consecutive hours.
Jet fins work on the same principle as the scooter.
Jet fins enable a character to move at a rate of 13
meters per turn without requiring rest breaks every
hour. A pair of fins weighs .5 kilograms and cost 50
credits. They are powered by two small, rechargeable
energy cells good for two hours of use.
A submarine can also be used by the characters, but it
can only be operated by a Technician with a skill level
of five or better. This article will describe the most
common type of submarine, which can be bought or
rented by non-military characters. If the characters
want larger or armed submarines, they must either be
working with the government or willing to acquire one
illegally.
A typical explorer submarine costs 20,000 Credits, but
usually rents for 100 Credits, plus a 250- credit
deposit, per day. The submarine has a top speed of
250 kilometers per hour, with an average cruising
speed of 20 kilometers per hours. Six passengers may

be accommodated aboard it, though in VERY cramped


comfort. The sub carries four in relative comfort. The
cargo limit is 1000 kilograms, within a space of two
cubic meters.
This submarine is powered by a parabattery (type II)
which has to be recharged every 200 hours of use. The
submarines movement rates are not affected by coral
reefs or seaweed, though visibility is affected.
This type of submarine can be used to a maximum
depth of 200 meters. If it is used at greater depths,
there is a cumulative 10% chance per 10 meters below
the maximum depth that the submarine will spring a
leak. This chance should be checked for every five
minutes spent below the maximum depth. If a leak
occurs, a person with Technical skills can repair it, but
first the submarine must move to the surface. If the
leak is not fixed, the submarine fills with water in 10
minutes.
The submarine contains six AGS suits in case of
emergencies, hut donning one in a cramped, sinking
submarine can be tricky. Structural damage of 100
points or more to one area will cause a leak in the sub,
which has a total of 400 structural points.
If a submarine is involved in undersea combat, a
referee might want to create a modified form of the
Vehicle Damage Table, found on page 32 of the
Expanded Game Rules book, which would cover the
subs specific shape and details.
Character effects
The characters will be entering a new type of
environment beneath the sea, and will be affected by
it mentally and physically.
First of all, a characters ability scores change while
underwater. A characters Dexterity and Reaction
Speed scores are reduced by 25 points; also, a
characters Strength score is reduced by 35 points
when figuring the effects of melee on the Punching
Table (page 25, Expanded Games Rules). A minimum
score of 10 applies in all cases.
The STAR FRONTIERS races are each affected
differently by the underwater environment. Dralasites
do not care for adventuring undersea, because the
AGS does not let them use their senses of touch and
smell. They are not greatly affected by increases in
pressure (and never get the bends). Humans are not
bothered by the new environment, but Vrusks are

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very nervous underwater. Vrusks swim awkwardly


and, when dealing with underwater races, a Vrusks
chance to comprehend social dealings is halved.
Yazirians are uneasy at first, but they come to enjoy
swimming because it is somewhat like gliding. Their
glider membranes grant them great maneuverability
while underwater. This will be discussed later.
A characters skills and their results are also affected
while underwater. The effects on Weapon skills are
discussed later The Demolitions skills work as long as
the timers used are built to work underwater. Blast
radii are doubled due to the increased powers of
shock waves underwater.
The Martial Arts skill will work underwater with a 30%
reduction on the success rate. Technician skills work if
the equipment and tools are designed to work
underwater. Environmental skills work normally
underwater if they apply to the situation. There will be
a 20% reduction on their success rates while
underwater as none of the Medical skills work
underwater, except for Diagnosis which has a 30%
reduction on the success rate.
All Psycho-Social skills work when applicable, with a
30% reduction on success rates due to
communications problems.
Underwater combat
While underwater, characters will have to deal with
various modifications to the combat system. The
Ranged Weapon Combat Procedure Table, on page 22
of the Expanded Game Rules book, should have the
following additions and modifications when combat
occurs underwater.
Swimming target
Dodging target
Dodging Yazirian target

-5
-8
-10

Target using jet fins


Target riding jet scooter

-3
-6

Attacker using jet fins

-2

Attacker riding jet scooter

-5

can also be affected by the amount of sediment and


plankton in the area, the amount of light shining on
the surface of the water, the depth, and passing
schools of fish or other life forms.
It can be assumed that within 10 meters of the
surface, a character will have a maximum visual range
of 40 meters, if the view is not obstructed and if it is
daylight. If it is at night, the character will only be able
to see one meter away at best. The referee should use
this as a basic foundation when trying to decide a
characters visual range underwater. The final visual
range is left up to the referee.
For 50 Credits, a wide-beam underwater flashlight can
be found. The flashlight will be attached to the AGS,
around the characters chest. The flashlights energy
cell can go for 100 hours before needing a recharge.
The flashlight enables the character to always have a
minimum visual range of two meters, except in
extremely murky water. It illuminates a cone-shaped
area, ranging from .5-2 meters at the widest part of
the cone.
When fighting underwater, characters must use
modified versions of the ranged weapons they usually
use. These weapons cost 50 Credits extra for
underwater modification. Such weapons act normally
above water unless otherwise noted. Laser weapons
are not used underwater, as they are too inefficient.
Underwater versions of gyrojet weapons are available.
When used underwater, they have the following
alterations made in ranges (the rest of the statistics
are normal when used underwater).
Weapon P
B
Gyrojet
pistol
Gyrojet
rifle
-

Short

Med

Long

Ext

0-3

4 - 30

31 - 60

61 - 9 0

0-3

4 - 50

51 - 90

91 - 130

Sonic disruptors and sonic stunners are both produced


in versions that can be used underwater. These
weapons have double normal ranges undersea,
because of the effects of the denser medium through
which the sound waves pass. The damage for the
sonic disruptors is doubled accordingly.

Sighting distance is also modified while underwater.


The AGS is designed to enhance the wearers vision so
that it is not distorted even so; a characters vision will
not be as good as when on the surface. Visual range

Modified versions of grenades can be used


underwater. They cant actually be thrown, but they
may be dropped on characters that are at a greater
depth than the attacker. Unless surprised, the victim

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may be able to get out of the grenades blast radius.


The grenades will drop at a rate of six meters per turn.
Grenades can also be delivered with grenade rifles
modified to work underwater. Such weapons have the
following ranges when used underwater:
Point Blank
Short
Medium
Long
Extreme

Nil
0-15
16-30
31-55
56-100

Underwater grenades will not work in air, but the


grenade rifle can fire the regular type of grenades
when used on land.
Underwater versions of the poison grenade and the
doze grenade can be found, but they only have a blast
radius of one meter. They release a colorless liquid
into the water, which enters the microfilters of an AGS
and then affect the wearer as per normal. For 50
Credits, special filters can be attached to an AGS
which will keep poisons from getting to its wearer.

A cost and weight table follows:


Device
Cost (Cr.)
Spear gun
100
Spear/arrow
5
Compressed
10
air clip
Exploding
30
warhead

Weight(Kg)
4
1 (for 5 spears)
1 (for 3 clips)
1 (for 3 spears
with heads

Melee combat is also greatly affected while


underwater. Characters cause no damage with
punches, and a characters punching score should not
be added to the damage caused by non-powered
weapons while underwater. Only sharp melee
weapons are useful underwater: short axes, knives,
stabbing polearms (spears), sonic knives, sonic
swords, short stabbing swords, and vibro-knives. A
person using a sonic weapon underwater will not be
able to surprise an opponent. The damage done by
these weapons is reduced by half because of the
friction of the water. These modified versions of
melee weapons cost 30 Credits extra and function
normally above water.

Underwater versions of tangler grenades and smoke


grenades can also be found. They work like the regular
ones, but they only have a one-meter blast radius, the
smoke cloud produced by the smoke grenade has only
a 15-meter blast radius, clouding the water, and it
could be broken up by underwater currents.

Electrical weapons are not produced for underwater


use because water is such a good conductor for
electricity.

The underwater version of the fragmentation grenade


works just like the regular version, except that it only
has a three meter blast radius.

Final notes: Any combat which draws blood might also


draw any nearby predators in the area (like sharks or
beings with similar temperaments and appetites).
While refereeing underwater combat, a referee
should take into account the different altitudes of the
combatants; those attacking from above gain a +5
bonus. A referee might wish to use the rules for
weightless combat (page 26 of the Expanded Game
Rules book) when conducting underwater combat, if
high-recoil weapons are used without bracing.

Finally, underwater characters may make use of a new


projectile weapon: the spear gun, which uses
compressed air to shoot a heavy arrow. A
compressed-air clip can fire four arrows before
becoming empty. The spear can be fitted with a
special head that explodes upon impact like a
grenade. A regular spear does 1d10 damage, while a
spear with an exploring head does 2d10 damage.
The spear gun has the following ranges:
Point Blank
0-5
Short
6-10
Medium
11-20
Long
21-30
Extreme
31-40

Modified power screens that work above and below


water cost 100 Credits extra for the water-proofing.

Underwater equipment
When going underwater, characters can take a variety
of equipment modified to work in that environment.
A waterproofed compass can be found for 20 credits.
A special underwater flashlight, which works like the
one attached to the AGS, can be bought for 10 Credits.

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An underwater version of the toxyrad gauge costs 25


Credits; its functions are slightly different from the
regular type, and it will not work above water. If the
red light shines, it means that there is a chemical in
the area that can affect the character through his AGS,
but the special filters mentioned earlier can filter
them out before they reach the character. A flashing
blue light indicates that there is dangerous radiation
nearby. A flashing yellow light indicates that there is a
chemical in the area that is so powerful that even the
special filters mentioned above cannot filter them out.
An underwater version of the exoskeleton can be
found for 2500 Credits; this version also works above
water. While wearing the exoskeleton, a character is
able to swim 20 meters per turn without having to
rest. While underwater, the character has a +10 bonus
to hit in melee, and does five additional points of
damage.
The exoskeleton is designed to be worn outside the
AGS without hampering any of the suits functions.
Because of the heat-absorbing properties of water, an
AGS cannot have built-in infrared vision capability.
Freeze fields cannot work underwater, either.
An underwater radiophone can be bought for 550
credits, and will work regularly above water. It only
has a range of 50 kilometers underwater, and is
connected to the communications system of the
users AGS.
Underwater Solva-Way comes in small plastic bulbs
which must be crushed by the entangled victim. It
then spreads out and dissolve the threads, remaining
potent for one turn. A bulb of underwater Solva-Way
costs 15 Credits, and it will not work above water.
Regular Tornadium D-19 works underwater, but
special waterproofed Variable/Timer Detonators must
be used. They cost 7 Credits each and work above
water, too.
Finally, special power backpacks (300 Credits) and
powerclips (150 Credits) can be bought that work
underwater.

Credits extra and adds two kilograms of weight to the


AGS. This system is powered by a small energy cell
which works for four hours before needing a recharge.
The system protects the character in water with
temperatures ranging from -35C to 70C.
Special AGSs may be created if the characters are
going to dive in waters which contain dangerous
chemicals or poison. These AGS must be tailor-made
for the body of water in which the characters are
going to dive. Such suits cost an average of 1000
Credits.
The modified weapons and equipment mentioned
earlier have a tendency to malfunction due to
powerful pressure from deep dives, as do AGSs.
Weapons and equipment must be further modified if
taken into water containing powerful chemicals; this
modification will cost a further 50 Credits.
The natural gravity of a planet will also affect the
pressure at deeper depths. For every tenth of gravity
less than one, the AGS is able to dive 10 meters
deeper before a chance for malfunction occurs.
The opposite is true if the gravity is greater than one.
This rule applies to the weapons and equipment, too.
This article may be used as the basic foundation for
running an adventure underwater. It should not be
considered a strict set of rules. The final judgments
are up to the individual referee.

Check out more water action in Starfrontiersman #15, in


the article From Freighters to Flying Boats.
http://starfrontiersman.com/downloads/starfrontiersm
an
And dont forget to check out the article on water
hazards in Frontier Explorer #1@
http://frontierexplorer.org/magazines
Water adventures can add new dimensions to your
game. You can find inspiration for this particular
environment in many Sci-Fi books and movies as far back
as 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.(O.K., maybe as far
back as Odysseus).

Final notes
This article assumes that the area where the
characters are diving has a fairly comfortable climate.
If the characters dive in water with extremes in
temperature, an AGS can be bought with a
heating/cooling system. This modification costs 100

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INSPIRATION ZONE
Inspiration from Vincent
Callebaut

LILYPAD, A FLOATING ECOPOLIS FOR


CLIMATICAL REFUGEES
OCEANS, 2008

Compiled By William Douglass


I was looking for some inspiration on a water based
city one day and ran across an article on Yahoo with
10 pieces of art for a future water city. The one that
intrigued me the most was a floating city by Vincent
Callebaut. I did some research and was able to contact
Vincent about his artwork. I had only wanted to use
his image for the floating city, but he gave me a whole
lot more. He gave me access to more of his work and
also to some of the write-ups for those images. I am
including a couple of them here to inspire your
adventures.

2100, A LARGE CROWD OF ECOLOGICAL REFUGEES


Further to the anthropogenic activity, the climate
warms up and the ocean level increases. According to
the principle of Archimedes and contrary to
preconceived notions, the melting of the arctic iceflow will not change the rising of the water exactly as
an ice cube melting in a glass of water does not make
its level rise. However, there are two huge ice
reservoirs that are not on the water and whose
melting will transfer their volume towards the oceans,
leading to their rising. It deals with the ice caps of
Antarctic and Greenland on the one hand, and the
continental glaciers on the other hand. Another

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reason of the ocean rising, that does not have


anything to do with the ice melting is the water
dilatation under the effect of the temperature.
According to the less alarming forecasts of the GIEC
(Intergovernmental group on the evolution of the
climate), the ocean level should rise from 20 to 90 cm
during the 21st Century with a status quo by 50 cm
(versus 10 cm in the 20th Century). The international
scientific scene assets that a temperature elevation of
1C will lead to a water level rising of 1 meter. This
increase of 1 m would bring ground losses emerged of
approximately 0.05% in Uruguay, 1% in Egypt, 6% in
the Netherlands, 17.5% in Bangladesh and up to 80%
approximately in the atoll Majuro in Oceania (Marshall
and Kiribati islands and step by step the Maldives
islands).
If the first meter is not very funny with more than 50
million of people affected in the developing countries,
the situation is worse with the second one. Countries
like Vietnam, Egypt, Bangladesh, Guyana or Bahamas
will see their most inhabited places swamped at each

flood and their most fertile fields devastated by the


invasion of salt water damaging the local ecosystems.
New York, Bombay, Calcutta, H Chi Minh City,
Shanghai, Miami, Lagos, Abidjan, Djakarta,
Alexandria not les that 250 million of climatic
refugees and 9% of the GDP threatened if we not build
protections related to such a threat. It is the
demonstration inflicted to reluctant spirits by a
climatological study of the OECD (Organization for
Economic Cooperation and Development) and that
challenges our imagination of eco-conception!
The water rising being not written in the agenda of the
Grenelle agreements on environment in France, it is
primordial in terms of environmental crisis and
climatic exodus to pass from now on from a strategy
of reaction in emergency to a strategy of a adaptation
and long-lasting anticipation. It is surprising, whereas
some islands prepare their disappearing to see that
the management of the rising of the ocean level does
not seem to worry the governments beyond measure.
More surprising to see that the populations of the
developed countries continue to rush on the littoral to

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build districts over there; houses and buildings


dedicated to a certain flood
LILYPAD, A PROTOTYPE OF AUTO-SUFFICIENT AMPHIBIOUS
CITY
Whereas the Netherlands and the United Arabic
Emirates fatten their beach with billions of euros
to build their short-living polders and their protective
dams for a decade, the project Lilypad deals with a
tenable solution to the water rising! Actually, facing
the worldwide ecological crisis, this floating Ecopolis
has the double objective not only to widen sustainably
in offshore the territories of the most developed
countries such as the Monaco principality but above
all to grant the housing of future climatic refugees of
the next submerged ultra-marine territories such as
the Polynesian atolls. New biotechnological prototype
of ecologic resilience dedicated to the nomadism and
the urban ecology in the sea, Lilypad travels on the
water line of the oceans, from the equator to the
poles following the marine streams warm ascending of
the Gulf Stream or cold descending of the Labrador.
It is a true amphibian half aquatic and half terrestrial
city, able to accommodate 50,000 inhabitants and
inviting the biodiversity to develop its fauna and flora
around a central lagoon of soft water collecting and
purifying the rain waters. This artificial lagoon is
entirely immersed ballasting thus the city. It enables
to live in the heart of the subaquatic depths. The
multifunctional programming is based on three
marinas and three mountains dedicated respectively
to the work, the shops and the entertainments. The
whole set is covered by a stratum of planted housing
in suspended gardens and crossed by a network of
streets and alleyways with organic outline. The goal is
to create a harmonious coexistence of the couple
Human / Nature and to explore new modes of living
the sea by building with fluidity collective spaces in
proximity, overwhelming spaces of social inclusion
suitable to the meeting of all the inhabitants denizen
or foreign-born, recent or old, young or aged people.

aquatic plant with exceptional plasticity was


discovered by the German botanist Thaddeaus Haenke
and dedicated to the Queen Victoria of England in the
19th Century. The double skin is made of polyester
fibres covered by a layer of titanium dioxide (TiO2) like
an anatase which by reacting to the ultraviolet rays
enable to absorb the atmospheric pollution by photo
catalytic effect. Entirely auto sufficient, Lilypad takes
up the four main challenges launched by the OECD in
March 2008: climate, biodiversity, water and health. It
reached a positive energetic balance with zero carbon
emission by the integration of all the renewable
energies (solar, thermal and photovoltaic energies,
wind energy, hydraulic, tidal power station, osmotic
energies, phytopurification, biomass) producing thus
durably more energy that it consumes! True biotope
entirely recyclable, this floating Ecopolis tends thus
towards the positive eco-accountancy of the building
in the oceanic ecosystems by producing and softening
itself the oxygen and the electricity, by recycling the
CO2 and the waste, by purifying and softening
biologically the used waters and by integrating
ecological niches, aquaculture fields and biotic
corridors on and under its body to meet its own food
needs.
To reply to the mutation of the migratory flows
coming from the hydroclimatic factors, Lilypad join
thus on the mode of anticipation particular to the
Jules Vernes literature, the alternative possibility of a
multicultural floating Ecopolis whose metabolism
would be in perfect symbiosis with the cycles of the
nature. It will be one of the major challenges of the
21st Century to create an international convention
inventing new special means to accommodate the
environmental migrants by recognizing their rights
and obligations. Political and social challenge, the
urban sustainable development must more than ever
enter in resonance worldly with the human
sustainable development!
Vincent Callebaut Architectures

The floating structure in branches of the Ecopolis is


directly inspired of the highly ribbed leave of the great
lilypad of Amazonia Victoria Regia increased 250
times. Coming from the family of Nympheas, this

INSPIRATION ZONE INSPIRATION FROM VINCENT CALLEBAUT

CORAL REEF

cascades of food gardens.

MATRIX AND PLUG-IN FOR 1000 PASSIVE HOUSES

Actually, the laying-out in staggered rows of the


plane-parallel base modules enables to superimpose
the passive houses in cantilever and to multiply the
vision axes towards an endless number of
perspectives. Each roof of each module becomes then
an organic suspended garden enabling to each Creole
family to cultivate its own food and to use themselves
their own wastage as compost.

Called The Pearl of West Indies, Haiti was during a


long time the most visited country of the Greater
Antilles representing the occidental third of Hispaniola
Island. Devastated in 2010 by an earthquake
measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale, the country has
now to be rebuilt from new innovative architectural
and town-planning concepts.
The Coral Reef project plans a matrix to build a three
dimensional and energy self-sufficient village from one
and only standardised and prefabricated module in
order to rehouse the refugees from such humanitarian
catastrophes. This basic module is simply made of two
passive houses (with metallic structure and tropical
wood facades) interlocked in duplex around a
transversal horizontal circulation linking every unit.
Inspired from a Coral reef with fluid and organic
shapes, the overall project presents itself as a great
living structure made of two waves dedicated to
accommodate more than one thousand Haitian
families. These two inhabited waves undulate along
the water on an artificial pier built on seismic piles in
the Caribbean Sea. From concave curves to convex
curves, the housing modules are aligned and piled up
by successive stratums such as a great origami.
Between the two inhabited waves is created a
sumptuous interior canyon in pixels with terraces and

This canyon is a true tropical ecosystem for the local


fauna and the flora. Ode to the urban biodiversity, it is
also the central axis of the communitarian life of this
futuristic village and respectful of its environment.
Between the waves of these ecological housing, the
sinuous lines of the anti-seismic basement (absorbing
the vibrations in case of earthquake) integrate the
public functions of the social life. Aquicultural farms
welcome pisciculture pools whereas the purification
plant lagoons recycle the used waters before rejecting
them in the sea.
The Master Plan can evolve and extends itself
according to the plug-in principle. The urban
framework of this ecological village remains thus
undetermined,
flexible
and
develops
itself
continuously according to the time and the space.
New extension modules, also prefabricated in factory
and brought by cargo will be actually added such as a
giant meccano set to correspond to the needs of
inhabitants completing the basic matrix.
The visible sinuosity of this built landscape is
structured by eight spine columns
integrating all the vertical circulations
linked together by two horizontal
storeys crossing through a straight
line the whole village from end to
end. The whole set forms a compact
orthogonal system that distributes all
the flows through each module.
The project is eco-designed and
integrates all the bioclimatic systems
as well as the renewable energies.
Actually, the sea thermal energy
conversion is made in the coverage
of the pier by using the difference of
temperature between the superficial
waters and the deep waters. The

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kinetic energy from marine currents is converted by


hydro-turbines under the pier into electrical energy;
the sinusoidal pergolas on the roof attract the solar
energy by photovoltaic panels and a park of spiral
wind turbines is planted in the great tropical garden
that covers the logistical basis.
Taking advantage of the same natural and climatic
conditions from the beginning as its neighbour island,
Dominican Republic, Haiti is one of the countries that
profits from one of the biggest potentials to reinvent a
new sustainable urbanity and to implement the
biggest challenges of reconstruction as a matter of
urgency. The Coral Reef prototype project is in this
context of humanitarian crisis a positive and dynamic
answer fighting for the sustainable industrialised and
standardised rebuilding of collective social housing of
humanitarian and environmental high quality in
disaster area.

This game originally appeared in the pages of


StarFrontiersman, #17, as a print & play
game. Since then, we've commissioned
artwork and built the game with high quality
components. Since we originally distributed
the game for free, we at DwD Studios don't
feel right charging for the professionalfeeling product and haven't marked it up
over cost. We sincerely hope you and your
friends have a good time with this fun game
of sci fi goodness!
http://dwdstudios.com/SalvageOps

Vincent Callebaut Architect


I hope this article will inspire some adventures for
you or maybe inspire some creativity in other areas
as it has done for me.-William

INSPIRATION ZONE INSPIRATION FROM VINCENT CALLEBAUT

CHARACTER RACES
Society and customs

Peeloven
By Ken Ryan

Physical appearance and structure


Peelovens are not humanoid. They have a short,
tripedal body with two heads. The heads are flat,
hairless and consist of one eye each. In addition, the
mouths have lips that extend about 3 cm from their
vegetarian teeth. The lips are dry and are knobbed;
these function as hands. Their eyes are generally blue
to green and they use their tongues as we do fingers,
thumbs, etc. At the base of the necks is their skull and
brain, covered by a thick mane of snow-white hair.
Their front feet are set wide apart and form an
equilateral triangle with the rear foot/hoof. The mane
follows the spine down to the rear foot, which can be
lethal when used for kicking. Their necks can
telescope or extend like a turtle's and can reach any
portion of their body. Peelovens must gain status to
reproduce and have no sex until this is accomplished,
then the Peeloven either becomes male, female or
host. Male sperm and female eggs are deposited in
the fertile host, who must be fertile for insemination
to occur. The act can be performed with either two
separate combinations of two or a combination of all
three participants.

Senses
Peelovens' chief sense is sight. Their ears are on their
skull - one behind each neck. They feel and taste with
their mouths and have a nostril under each eye. All
senses are equivalent to Humans'.

Speech
Peeloven speech is fluent, complex and poetic upon
listening. They have no difficulty speaking a less
complex language like Pan Gal.

Peelovens are followers of what is called "heard


instincts". They are generally cowards and go to
extreme degrees of caution. Because of this they are
easily panicked. They are advanced in culture and
business, but when their "Wall St." plummets it really
panics! Peelovens are shrewd business "men"; but,
due to their extreme cowardice, usually transact
through hired representatives. They must gain status
to reproduce by making a worthwhile contribution to
the whole (overpopulation because all threats are
systematically dealt with).
The majority are always correct and any individuals
speaking out or with different views are considered
unorthodox and dangerous. Adventuring Peelovens
are extremely rare, considered unorthodox, and any
Peeloven who knowingly places itself in danger is
insane according to the whole. This matter is also
valid with unwise business transactions or risky
business ventures. They are generally peaceful and
are out to earn a profit and satisfy customers. They
make exceptional hosts, fine politicians, brilliant
artists but horrible militarists.
War is an insane activity, consisting of multitude risks
with uncertain to no profit margin(s). Peeloven
language had no word to express the concept of war
until the Sathar threat. The word is now a blend of
"insane" and "unorthodox". All Peeloven police and
military activities consist mostly of robotics and hired
Yazirians or Humans (Threns despise Peeloven
culture). 99% of the time they back down from a
bluff, even if it is a completely outrageous, silly
one. When in danger they revert to running with one
head low to the ground and one head held high. If
cornered they attempt to hide by ducking their heads
to the base of their skull and under their bodies,
sitting on them much like an ostrich's buried head in
the sand. They are noted to have outbreaks of
nervous quivering and scientists wonder why they
haven't grown a shell.

CHARACTER RACES

They are not athletically inclined but when


frightened they can out-distance the fastest
Vrusk. Since they cannot lie very well, due to the fear
of detection, Sathar attempts at making Peeloven
agents are usually abandoned as futile exploits. This is
further magnified by Peelovens' great distrust of
Sathar.

Ken's Sketches:

Attitudes
Peelovens get along fine with all races except Yazirians
and Threns. Yazirians frighten them and Threns, who
treat cowardice with capital punishment, terrorize
them. Joint military efforts against the Sathar are
usually funded by Peelovens and manned by the other
races. Peelovens go to great lengths to appease
Yazirians or Threns without being too bothersome.

Special Abilities

Niven's B&W Sketch:

Peelovens are naturally suspicious of any person,


place, thing or object. Because of this they have a
base chance of +15% to detect if a person, place, thing
or object poses a possible danger to it or others. In
addition they learn languages extremely fast, usually
upon hearing spoken words.

Additional Notes
Peelovens curious gesture of staring at its own head is
their equivalent to perplexity or laughing. They will go
catatonic if too stressed out, a sort of involuntary
opossum thing.
Peeloven are actually Niven's Puppeteers. I fell in love
with this race; can you imagine their heads being
mimicked by puppeteers? When I drew them they
came out too blocky. They should be graceful herd
animals with elongated heads to keep their faces away
from snakes, etc. while grazing. They would be sleek
and
narrow
legged
hoofed
deer.
Their
heads are small and flat though because their brain is
not in them.

CHARACTER RACES PEELOVEN

Slirrys
By Ken Ryan

Physical

appearance

and

structure

Slirrysi appear as 2m tall bipedal lizards. They are fully


reptilian but their young are born alive. They have
two eyes, no external ears and their jaws unhinge to
ingest food. They have long arms with five digit
hands, each with an opposable thumb. They are slight
of build and smell with their tongues. Their body
temperatures are maintained synthetically. They are
sluggish when cold but have lightning like reflexes
when warm. Their skin is a scaly grey-brown to dark
green in hue. Their home planet is a jungle, swamp
land setting. They have a 2 - 1.5m long tail that serves
to
maintain
balance
and
as
a
sexual
attractant. Females' tails turn bright orange, red or
blue when they are fertile. Their skeletons are formed
with "break-away" joints. When a finger, toe, foot,
hand, leg, arm or tail is trapped they can simply break
from the trapped limb. This is almost painless and the
limb or digit will regrow in a period of d10 days (digit),
d10 weeks (hands/feet) or d10 months (limb/tail).
average size:
average mass:
average life span:
reproduction:
body temperature:

2m tall
80kg
150 years
heterosexual, viviparous
28 - 30C & by external means

Senses
Slirrysi's main sense is smell. Their eye sight, tasting
and touch are relative to Humans'. Their hearing is
slightly less. They have a 6th sense; through extrasensitive nerve endings throughout their skin they can
feel vibrations. This is useful for detecting
approaching enemies or ungainly rumblings in an
engine housing for example.

Speech
Slirrys speech is comprised of hisses, slurrings, jawclaps and the abrupt inhaling or exhaling of air. They
have trivial difficulty speaking other languages on a
Pan Gal format.

of a standard year) preparing a nest if they can smell


males-of-age in their vicinity, otherwise the time
passes by. Usually mating is indiscernible from
violence and in Slirrys communities the tribe
participates in raising the young. In this way strong
ties are built around smells and not facial
recognition. There is no greater affinity for brothers
or sisters or mothers or fathers other than that they
all smell like the tribe. They do not mate for life and it
is very common for cross-breeding between siblings,
parents-to-siblings, etc. Although males are larger
they have a matriarchal society in that the odor of the
tribe is inherited through the females. It is not
uncommon for the females to have their tails fully
attired at all times. They often hiss when confronted
with
enemies
or
frightened.
The young spend one year being contributed to and
then begin contributing and fending for
themselves. They achieve adulthood in 15 - 20 years
from birth. Unguents and aromas can elicit great
responses from a Slirrys.

Special abilities
Slirrysi can detect vibrations through extra-sensitive
nerve endings throughout their skin. They have +10%
chance to detect sounds of this nature, e.g. the
approach of a hidden creature, ungainly machinery
rumblings, heart murmurs in a patient, etc. This
assists those that choose tech or med abilities. They
can automatically detect heart murmurs in their own
bodies.
In addition, Slirrysi also have break-away joints. They
can simply snap off an arm, leg, hand, foot, toe, finger
or tail if necessary. This isn't exactly painless and can
be embarrassing among their own kind but it doesn't
cause damage. A digit will regrow in d10 days;
hands/feet, d10 weeks; and limbs/tail, d10
months. Certain drugs and medical supplies will cut
the time in half. Also, Slirrysi may have one extra limb
punch, kick or jab every other round by employing
their tail. After each attempt they need a full round to
"gather" their tail semblance for another attempt.

Society and customs


Slirrysi society is based on clan-like tribes with a
common pheromone trait. Their clan kinsman are
recognized by smell. The females become sexually
fertile once each year. They spend this time (1/12th

CHARACTER RACES

Senses

The Felpa
By Daron Patton

An Underwater Character Race for Star Frontiers


Adventures

Background
The Felpa were discovered when a raid on a Sathar
supply convoy turned up coordinates for an ocean
world called Uzer. The Sathar apparently classified
the sea-covered planet as a low priority for conquest,
but had noted its existence for future visitation,
presumably unfriendly.

Physical Appearance and Structure


average size
average mass
average lifespan
reproduction
body temperature
dietary

1.8 m in length (5 meters for


females)
80 kg (220 kg for females)
120 years
sexual, viviparous
30 C
plankton feeder

Felpa body design is comparable to that of several


fishes encountered on Uzer and other worlds. Their
pectoral fins, which usually have a span equal to the
Felpa's length, look very much like wings. They are
virtually worthless as manipulative structures. Felpa
skin is durable and rough textured like shark skin with
yellow and orange spot patterns.
Felpa breathe using a series of louvered gills exposed
at the rear base of their skulls. They eat by filtering
tiny bits of plankton from the surrounding sea water.
When adventuring in non-aqueous environs, they use
intravenous nutrition injections from the enviro suits
they must wear whenever they leave the water.
An intricate proboscis lies between the pair of ellipseshaped eyes mounted on the front of their skulls. The
proboscis is divided into five segments, four minor
ones branching in two pairs from the main organ,
which serves the same function that an opposable
thumb does in many other sentient species. Anything
a Felpa manipulates has to be literally in its face.

Felpa vision is on par with human vision, while their


senses of taste, smell and hearing are a little more
acute. Tactilely, Felpa are incredibly sensitive, often
performing delicate work that normally requires robot
or computer guidance. They are deemed to be some
of the best surgeons in the Frontier.

Speech
Felpa click their 'fingers' on the hard surface of their
'thumb', which they can vary internally to produce
solid and hollow sounds. This language is both visual
(used by deaf Felpa because certain fingerings
produce distinctive sounds) and aural and extremely
difficult for non-Felpa to learn. Fortunately, UPF
researchers working closely with Felpa scientists have
developed a keyboard polyvox that allows Felpa to
converse freely in Pan-Galactic. Felpa have little
difficulty learning Pan-Gal and are particularly astute
at Vrusk dialects due to the clicking sounds common
to both species' languages.

Society and Customs


Felpa society is based on groups called droves. A
drove is a familial unit consisting of a large matriarch
(females are typically three times the size of males)
and five to ten consorts. All of the children born of
these unions are considered nieces and nephews to
the males (although Felpa can now genetically identify
the actual father of an offspring, the old custom of
treating all males in a drove as uncles still prevails).
After the young reach maturity, a large gathering is
held for a regional body of water. Newly matured
females establish their own droves at this time with
young males from other droves forming her court of
consort.

Attitudes
Felpa are a pacifistic people. No Felpa will ever take
work in a military primary specialty area, or as an
enforcer, or as any type of combat specialist. They
only believe in violence as a means of self-defense and
then only as a desperate last resort. If attacked, they
will take every opportunity to flee the situation or if
their friends need their aid, to remain and assist in a

CHARACTER RACES THE FELPA

non-combative role. They will NEVER, under any


circumstances, use a weapon.

Special Abilities
Gills: Felpa can breathe in any underwater (not
necessarily all liquids are water) environment. Treat
Felpa out of water like air-breathing PCs underwater
as far as holding breath and related damage are
concerned.
Exoskeltonized Enviro-Suit: Every Felpa venturing out
of an aqueous environment must have an EE-Suit.
These suits have a powered, bipedal exoskeleton that
allows their Felpa operator to travel about on land.
Although EE-suits have legs, they do not have arms as
Felpa prefer to use the 'hand' on their face. The suits
contain recirculating water, purified by the suit for
reuse and also have a set of atmospheric lungs used to
reoxygenate the recirculated water from the ambient
air in atmospheric conditions. The suit is pressurized
and may be used in conditions from deep ocean
exploration to outer space. Felpa equip their suits
with tool-kits appropriate to their professions and
emergency items such as beacons, flashlights and
chronocoms are standard. Beginning Felpa characters
start with an EE suit.
Peldesha: Felpa social values regarding violence has
produced an interesting anti-martial art called
Peldesha. Peldesha, involves a ballet-like series of
dodges, feints, and sprint swimming (or just plain
sprinting in an EE-suit) out of harm's way. The art is
effective against both ranged attacks and melee, but is
even more successful against the latter.

STR/STA

+0

DEX/RS

+5

INT/LOG

+0

PER/LDR

+5 (LDR only)

Felpa (in EE suits) climb vertical surfaces at 5 meters


per turn, walk at 10 meters per turn, run 20 meters
per turn, and move long distances at 3 kilometers per
hour. Felpa characters can swim 20 meters/turn, or 3
km/hour (suited and otherwise). Felpa may swim for
up to eight hours before losing 5 Stamina points for
every 30 minutes thereafter that they continue
swimming.
The following Racial Reaction Modifiers may also be
used when dealing with Felpa. Only adverse or
positive effects are noted.
Assume all other
interactions as neutral (0). Humans, Yazirians and
Dralasites have a +5 reaction bonus to Felpa.

Star Clash

All Felpa are taught Peldesha from their youth and


beginning Felpa adventurers will have at least 1st level
experience (treat as Martial Arts skill) at no initial
extra cost (does not count against the initial skills for
starting characters using Alpha Dawn Expanded
Rules).

Star Clash is a quick play card game of


spaceship combat where you control a fleet
of ships and attempt to eliminate your
opponents while keeping your ships intact.
With simple rules and mechanics it can be
quickly learned. Designed for 3-9 players,
Star Clash also has rules for 2 players as well
as solo play.

Creating a Felpa Character

Created by Terl Obar, a.k.a. Tom Stephens

The following Ability Modifiers are use when creating


a Felpa:

You can find it at RPGNOW,


http://www.rpgnow.com/product/108542/St
ar-Clash

CHARACTER RACES

EQUIPMENT
New Vehicles for Star Frontiers
By Andrew Campbell
Here is a guide to Frontier Vehicles from Andy Campbell over at
the Star Frontiers Underground group on Yahoo. Thank you
Andy for keeping the Frontier alive on your end.

Crawler, Military
Tank

Cost

Top /
Cruise
Speed
Passengers
Cargo
Limit

SelfPropelled
Artillery
65,000

75,000
(tank)

APC

70,000
(military
use only no rental
available)
65 kph (110 m / turn) / 45 kph (75 m /
turn) (all models)
3
12,000 kg, 10
cubic meters

3
12,000
kg, 10
cubic
meters

12
5,000 kg,
6 cubic
meters

Military crawlers are widely used among planetary


militias, mercenaries and megacorporate troops; UPF
forces have largely abandoned them in favor of aircars
and hover vehicles. Although on the verge of being
obsolete, they are still deadly vehicles and were
employed by the Sathar as recently as the Second
Sathar War in actions on Solar Minor and Outpost #1.
Note that the prices listed for these vehicles do not
include weapons or vehicle computers, both of which
are added later by the military force buying the
vehicle.
Standard equipment on all models includes a turret
with 360 degree traverse (one fixed mount with a
Gyrostabilizer (ZG) for main gun in the turret, plus one
swivel mount next to the turret hatch). Other
equipment includes an Auto-Extinguisher (ZG), Dis-Viz

Projector (ZG), Emergency Beeper (transponder) (ZG),


Emergency Beeper Receiver (ZG), 4 Level 5 Baton
Locks (1 each on the driver's hatch and controls, and 1
each on the main gun and turret hatch), Radiophone
and a Toxy-Rad Gauge mounted in the crew
compartment. There are 10 Smoke Grenades (SF: AD)
mounted on the turret exterior, which can be
detonated by the crew to obscure the vehicle (NOTE:
this provides the vehicle with the equivalent of "soft
cover" per SF: AD, p. 43, for 10 minutes if stationary or
the next turn if moving). All military crawlers will
carry ammunition for at least 50 shots from the main
gun and double that or more for any secondary
weapons. All models are powered by a pair of Type 4
Parabatteries. Tank and SP artillery crawlers are
crewed by a driver and commander / gunner, both
seated in the front of the hull; weapon reloads are
handled by a robotic autoloader installed in the turret.
APC's are crewed by a driver (seated in the front) and
gunner / commander seated in the turret; ten
troopers can be seated in the back, and exit by two
roof hatches (adjacent to the vehicle's extra pair of
swivel mounts) or via a large hatch in the back.
Tanks have 6 layers of armor (ZG) standard at NO
penalty to listed vehicle speeds. They add a second
fixed, gyrostabilized weapon mount on the hull in
front of the driver. Tanks also include an autoloader
for the main gun (only if main gun is PGS type). The
autoloader is equivalent to a Level 3 Robot (100 STA,
Attack / Defense, Computer Link) which has no legs
and is mounted in the gun turret; if the human crew
are killed, it can jack into the gun controls and
continue firing the vehicle's weapons. Tanks mount a
variety of weapons as main guns - M-1 rafflurs (ZG),
heavy lasers, recoilless rifles and rocket launchers are
common choices for militia vehicles;
Landfleet
commonly mounts superheavy ordnance-class
weapons (use the statistics for the Sathar "automatic
cannon" in SF2 or the vehicular weapons from Alex
Curylo's DRAGON article "Tanks A Lot"). Tanks are
known for their ability to cross obstacles - a tank can
climb over any obstacle up to 1.5 meters high and

EQUIPMENT NEW VEHICLES FOR STAR FRONTIERS

cross a trench up to 3 meters across. With full


armament a typical tank masses 50,000 kg.
Self-propelled artillery have 2 layers of armor (ZG)
standard at NO penalty to listed vehicle speeds. They
include an autoloader for the main gun (only if main
gun is PGS type). The autoloader is equivalent to a
Level 3 Robot (100 STA, Attack / Defense, Computer
Link) which has no legs and is mounted in the gun
turret; if the human crew are killed, it can jack into the
gun controls and continue firing the vehicle's
weapons. Self-propelled artillery crawlers are unique
among military vehicles in that they usually mount
PGS weapons only; this allows them to fire indirect
shots and use different ammunition types for specific
missions. Recoilless rifles, grenade mortars and rocket
launchers are common main guns on militia artillery;
Landfleet commonly mounts superheavy ordnanceclass weapons (use the statistics for the Sathar
"automatic cannon" in SF2 or the vehicular weapons
from Alex Curylo's DRAGON article "Tanks A Lot").
Self-propelled artillery crawlers are capable of
climbing over obstacles up to 1 meter high and
crossing trenches up to 2.5 meters across without
trouble. With full armament, a typical self-propelled
artillery crawler masses between 20,000 and 25,000
kg.
Armored personnel carriers (APC's) have 4 layers of
armor (ZG) standard at NO penalty to listed vehicle
speeds. They add two swivel mounts on the roof of
the vehicle (mounted to the rear of the main gun, one
on each side of it), with hatches next to each for
gunners to fire them; these mounts can only accept
rifle-class weapons - NOT heavy weapons. The extra
two swivel mounts can be bolted down so the main
gun can traverse its full 360 degrees; in this position
these weapons cannot be fired. There are also 5 gun
ports on each side of the vehicle accessible through
armored panels; troops firing out of these ports do so
at a -20 penalty and any opponents attempting to
shoot at the trooper through the port have a -40
penalty to hit. APC's also add three extra Level 5
Baton Locks (ZG), which lock the main rear crew hatch
and the two auxiliary crew hatches. APC's mount a
variety of weapons as main guns - heavy lasers,
recoilless rifles, grenade mortars and rocket launchers
are common choices for militia vehicles; Landfleet

commonly mounts superheavy ordnance-class


weapons (use the statistics for vehicular weapons
from Alex Curylo's DRAGON article "Tanks A Lot").
Secondary weapon mounts are usually machine guns.
APC's have excellent off-road handling, being capable
of climbing over obstacles up to 1 meter high and
crossing trenches up to 2.5 meters across without
trouble. With full armament they mass between
22,000 and 25,000 kg.
NOTE: On the Terrain Effects Table (SF: AD, p. 19),
crawlers are considered track-mobiles. For combat
purposes, military crawlers used as APC's or tanks are
considered armored vehicles (200+d100 structural
points, plus armor layers - 150 points for tanks and
100 points for APC's); military crawlers used as selfpropelled artillery are considered heavy vehicles
(100+d100 structural points plus 50 points for armor
layers). Military crawlers cannot traverse deep bodies
of water such as lakes or rivers, but can be driven
indefinitely through shallow water up to 2.5 meters
deep (such as streams or along a shoreline). All three
models of military crawler are built from the same
chassis, measuring 7 meters long, 3.5 meters wide and
3 meters high (to top of the turret).
REFEREE'S NOTE: Military crawlers are extremely
deadly vehicles designed strictly for warfare. These
vehicles are closely guarded and will not be found
outside of a military base or facility. The Emergency
Beepers mounted in these vehicles double as
transponders, allowing their commanders to track
them up to 1,000 km away. If one were stolen or
otherwise acquired, all UPF military and law
enforcement units in the area would make every
effort to destroy the vehicle and its contents rather
than let it be stolen. PC's should only encounter these
vehicles in wartime (if civilian), or in in the context of
normal military operations (if enlisted in a military
unit). These vehicles are illegal and unavailable for all
non-military organizations including Star Law.
Military Crawler Vehicle Data (all models)
Accel (m/turn)
50
Decel (m/turn)
40
Top Speed (m/turn)
110
Turn Speed (m/turn)
70

EQUIPMENT

Crawler, Transport
Cost
18,000 (passenger) or 20,000 (cargo)
Cr (rental - both models - is 100 Cr
plus 150 Cr / day)
Top / Cruise 65 kph (110 m / turn) / 50 kph (82 m
Speed
/ turn) (both models)
Passengers
2 (cargo transport) or 12 (passenger
transport)
Cargo Limit 10,000 kg, 30 cubic meters (cargo
model) 2,000 kg, 5 cubic meters
(passenger transport)
Transport crawlers are designed to haul cargo and
passengers across broken or rugged terrain. Rarely
used on the Frontier's more heavily populated worlds
(where crawlers have an annoying tendency to chew
up road surfaces), they are common on moons and
smaller colonies. Transport crawlers are designed to
be interchangeable in most ways with regular ground
transports and share many common parts (excepting
the track assembly); the driver's instruments, cab size
and cargo compartment are similar enough in size and
design that any ground transport driver will feel
instantly at home in a crawler.
The two most common models of transport crawlers
are a cargo transport and passenger transport; these
are identical except for the cargo compartment, which
in the passenger transport is a comfortable area with
seating and cargo stowage under the passenger area
(the cargo stowage is accessible only from locked
panels on the sides of the vehicle, just above the track
assembly). Standard equipment on a transport crawler
(either type) includes a Chronocom (mounted on the
dashboard), Emergency Beeper Receiver, and Level 3
(Green) Card Locks on the cargo compartment (cargo
model) or cargo stowage panels (passenger model).
Cargo Transports are powered by a single Type 3
Parabattery. Both models of transport crawler mass
roughly 15,000 kg, not including any passengers or
cargo carried.
NOTE: On the Terrain Effects Table (SF: AD, p. 19),
crawlers are considered track-mobiles. For combat
purposes, transport crawlers are considered light
vehicles (50+2d10 structural points). Transport
crawlers (like their military cousins) have excellent
offroad capabilities, being able to climb over obstacles

up to 1 meter high and cross trenches up to 8 meters


across. Transport crawlers cannot traverse deep
bodies of water such as lakes or rivers, but can be
driven indefinitely through shallow water up to 1.5
meters deep (such as streams or along a shoreline).
Transport Crawler Vehicle Data
Accel (m/turn)
40
Decel (m/turn)
40
Top Speed (m/turn)
110
Turn Speed (m/turn)
50

Crawler, Utility ("Ute")


Cost
30,000 Cr (rental - 75 Cr plus 150 Cr
/ day)
Top / Cruise
Speed
Passengers
Cargo Limit

55 kph (90 m / turn) / 40 kph (65 m /


turn)
2
15,000 kg

Utility crawlers can be found on loading docks and


construction sites on most Frontier worlds, loading
and hauling heavy cargoes and building components.
They do not usually carry cargo themselves, instead
loading cargo onto or into transports (crawler, ground
or hover) for shipment. "Utes" are also used by the
militias of the Frontier to recover and repair military
vehicles in the field.
The standard model includes a crane capable of lifting
15,000 kg onto the cargo bed in the rear; the crane is
capable of rotating a full 360 degrees. A winch with
60 meters of cable is mounted on the front of the
vehicle, capable of pulling a maximum load of 12,000
kg. The only other equipment included on a standard
"Ute" are Level 3 (Green) Card Locks on the dashboard
/ ignition and crane control panels. Utility crawlers
require two operators to operate (driver and crane
operator), though a Level 3 Robot is used by some
companies in lieu of an organic driver; the driver sits
in the front cab, while the crane operator has a seat
mounted on the side of the crane's base. Military
models can mount up to 2 layers of armor with the
normal speed penalties, and a single swivel mount can
be installed on top of the cab. For operation in hostile

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or thin atmospheres or in vacuum conditions, the


driver's cab and crane operator's seats can be
enclosed in airtight canopies at a cost of 3,000 Cr
each; the airtight canopies provide 10 hours of life
support to the vehicle's occupants. Utility crawlers
are powered by a single Type 4 Parabattery. Standard
utility crawlers mass approximately 25,000 kg; they
are roughly 8 m in length, 3.5 m wide and 3.5 m high
(including the crane).

for details on this equipment). For security reasons, a


radio-detonated, 500 gram charge of TD-19 is
emplaced in every gunship; all crew members have
orders to destroy the craft if in danger of capture,
using an encrypted Fleet signal, once they have
evacuated a damaged vehicle. Vehicle computers are
installed on all assault lunches but are not included in
the base model so that Fleet officers can outfit them
as needed.

NOTE: On the Terrain Effects Table (SF: AD, p. 19),


crawlers are considered track-mobiles. For combat
purposes, utility crawlers are considered heavy
vehicles (100+d100 structural points). Utility crawlers
are able to climb over obstacles up to 1 meter high
and cross trenches up to 8 meters across.

REFEREE'S NOTE: Assault launches are extremely


deadly vehicles; they are designed and used by
Spacefleet for the sole purpose of boarding hostile
vessels. These vehicles are as closely guarded as any
vessel in the Fleet, and will not be found outside of a
Spacefleet hangar or ship. If one were stolen or
otherwise acquired, Spacefleet would make every
effort to destroy the vehicle and its contents rather
than let it be stolen. PC's should only encounter these
ships in wartime (if civilian), or in in the context of
normal military operations (if enlisted in Spacefleet).
These vehicles are illegal and unavailable for all forces
outside of Spacefleet, including planetary militias,
megacorporate mercenary troops, and Star Law.

Utility Crawler Vehicle Data


Accel (m/turn)
30
Decel (m/turn)
40
Top Speed (m/turn)
90
Turn Speed (m/turn)
40

Launch, Assault
Cost

Top / Cruise
Speed
Passengers
Cargo Limit

112,000 Cr (base model,


including armor but not
weaponry) (no rental available)
600 kph (1,000 m / turn) / 150
kph (250 m / turn)
12 (2 crew + 10 troopers, or 2
troopers and 1 assault robot)
250 kg, 1 cubic meter

Assault launches carry the standard fuel load of 40


bursts, but due to the weight of their armor only
accelerate at 30 m / turn per burst.
Standard equipment on assault launches includes a
Dis-Viz Laser Projector (ZG), Help-Beam Receiver (ZG),
and Level 7 Baton Lock (ZG) on the cockpit hatch, and
a Subspace Radio. Three Type E Scanners (1 km range)
(ZG) are mounted on the vehicle, including Infrared,
Radar and Radioactivity; these are enclosed in the
equivalent of Computer Strongboxes (ZG) with 4
layers of armor each (see Zebulon's Guide, pp.81-82

Launch, Cargo ("OTV's or "Orbital Transfer


Vehicles")
Cost
115,000 Cr (rental - 100 Cr plus
25 Cr / hour)
Top / Cruise
1,200kph (2,000 m / turn), 120
Speed
kph (200 m / turn)
Passengers
2
Cargo Limit
10,000 kg, 30 cubic meters
Cargo launches are modified versions of large (10
passenger) personnel launches. When ships are
unable to dock with a station or other ship, these
workhorses of Frontier space are put to work shuttling
cargo from one airlock to the other. A typical cargo
launch is 4 meters wide, 2.5 meters high and 5 meters
long. The pressurized cockpit occupies the front 2
meters of the vehicle, with the sealed cargo
compartment (with its own hatch in the rear) in the
back; the cargo compartment itself is thus 4 meters
wide, 2.5 meters high and 3 meters long and may be
pressurized or kept as a vacuum.

EQUIPMENT

Cargo launches are common on space stations,


freighters and mining vessels, and are occasionally
found on large passenger liners. They operate as do
normal launches (see KH, pp.29-30), with the
exception that if the cargo compartment is left
unpressurized life support for the 2 crewman will last
for two and a half days (70 hours). In hostile
environments (such as zones with large numbers of
micrometeoroids or debris), cargo launches are
sometimes armored (up to 2 layers total); this reduces
the speed imparted by each fuel burst by 10 meters /
turn.
Standard equipment includes a Dis-Viz Laser Projector
(ZG), pair of Floodlights (ZG), Help-Beam Receiver
(ZG), Level 5 Baton Locks on the cockpit and rear
hatches (ZG), Radiophone, and a Type E Radar Scanner
(1 km range) (ZG). Operators of cargo launches
usually add a simple vehicle computer to the vehicle,
but these are not considered standard equipment.
They rarely mount weaponry, but can accept a single
mount (fixed or swivel) on the roof of the cab if
necessary. In combat, they are considered heavy
vehicles (100+d100 structural points); if damaged in
combat, they follow the Vehicle Damage Table as
described in KnightHawks.
Launch, Heavy Assault ("Gunship")
Cost
181,715 (base model, including
armor but not weaponry) (no
rental available)
Top / Cruise
1,440 kph (2,400 m / turn) /
Speed
360 kph (600 m / turn)
Passengers
3
Cargo Limit
500 kg, 1 cubic meter
Heavy assault launches, or "gunships" as they are
usually called, are among the toughest opponents in
space short of a full-size spacecraft. Although a single
shot from any full-sized ship's weapons would
vaporize a gunship in a single shot, they are capable of
taking a larger vessel or station to pieces in a short
amount of time. Gunships were designed in the wake
of the First Sathar War, when Spacefleet's planners
saw a need for small vehicles capable of breaching the
hulls of ships and stations without destroying their
target completely. Launches had already been used to
ferry boarding parties onto crippled ships, so they

were the logical prototypes for the new gunships.


Gunships themselves carry only 3 crewmen, although
the vehicles are the size of a 10-passenger model; the
remaining space is given over to weaponry and fuel.
The role of gunships in a space battle is to protect the
assault launches which deliver boarding troops to
their target, and to "soften up" the target by
destroying weapons turrets, breaching the hull in
critical spots, and crippling or destroying any launches
or workpods attempting to escape the target.
Gunships are designed solely with combat in mind,
and outperform all other launch designs in this role. A
gunship carries double the fuel of an ordinary launch
(80 bursts), and can expend up to three bursts in a
single turn from its high-performance thrusters;
although each burst only produces 30 meters of
thrust, a gunship can easily outrun a fleeing launch or
pod. Gunships are considered armored vehicles for
combat purposes and have 200+2d100 structural
points (plus 100 points for their armor).
Gunships come with the following standard
armament: 4 layers of armor, 1 swivel mount in the
nose, 2 swivel mounts on the roof (1 in the front, 1 in
the rear), and 1 swivel mount on each side; each
weapon mount has an integral infrared Floodlight to
aid in sighting targets or "highlighting" them for
incoming assault troops. Typically, the nose and roof
mounts are energy weapons (either heavy / KE-5000
lasers or M-1 rafflurs) and rockets or missiles are
mounted on the sides of the vehicle (either a rocket
launcher / missilier with Type II missiles or a 6-tube
MLTC with Type II missiles). Additional armor can be
added, with each added layer reducing acceleration by
5 meters / turn per fuel burst. Each energy weapon
mounted is powered by its own Type 3 Parabattery (3
are included in the base vehicle cost).
Standard equipment on a gunship includes a Dis-Viz
Laser Projector (ZG), Help-Beam Receiver (ZG), Level 7
Baton Lock (ZG) on the cockpit hatch, and Subspace
Radio. Three Type E Scanners (1 km range) (ZG) are
mounted on the vehicle, including Infrared, Radar and
Radioactivity; these are enclosed in the equivalent of
Computer Strongboxes with 4 layers of armor each
(see Zebulon's Guide, pp.81-82 for details on this
equipment). For security reasons, a radio-detonated,

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500 gram charge of TD-19 is emplaced in every


gunship; all crew members have orders to destroy the
craft if in danger of capture, using an encrypted Fleet
signal, once they have evacuated a damaged vehicle.
Vehicle computers are added to all gunships, but are
not included in the base model so that Fleet officers
can outfit them as needed.
REFEREE'S NOTE: Gunships are extremely deadly
vehicles; they are designed and used by Spacefleet for
the sole purpose of destroying any opposition to a
boarding attack. These vehicles are as closely guarded
as any vessel in the Fleet, and will not be found
outside of a Spacefleet hangar or ship. If one were
stolen or otherwise acquired, Spacefleet would make
every effort to destroy the vehicle and its contents
rather than let it be stolen. PC's should only
encounter these ships in wartime (if civilian), or in in
the context of normal military operations (if enlisted
in Spacefleet). These vehicles are illegal and
unavailable for all forces outside of Spacefleet,
including
planetary
militias,
megacorporate
mercenary troops, and Star Law.
Launch,
Suborbital
("Hopper")
Cost

Top / Cruise
Speed
Passengers
Cargo Limit

Small

extra fuel tanks, suborbital launches are the "aircraft"


of the Frontiers' lunar colonies. Though unable
(except in near zero-gee conditions) to achieve escape
velocity from a small moon, hoppers can traverse
great distances and fly above all but the tallest
obstacles. Small, 4-passenger hoppers are used much
like personal jetcopters on larger planets; large
hoppers are available in both cargo or passenger
models, and fill much the same function on moons as
aircars do on planets.
The single biggest difference between hoppers and all
other flying craft is their use of chemical fuel rockets
rather than parabatteries for propulsion. This is due
to the fact that low-gee moons rarely have any but the
most tenuous atmosphere if they have any at all,
making parabattery-driven turbofans
useless.
Hoppers do carry a Type 2 Parabattery to run
electrical systems and maintain life support (one is
included in the initial purchase price). Consult the
tables below for hoppers' fuel capacities, burn rates
and average ranges. All launches carry 20 hours of life
support for their maximum passenger load (4 for small
models and 10 for large).

Large

60,000
75,000 Cr (cargo
Cr(rental model) or 90,000 Cr
-100 Cr
(passenger model)
plus 50
(rental - 100 Cr plus
Cr/ hour) 75 Cr / hour)
(all models) 3,000 kph in ZeroGee / variable - see below
4
2 (cargo) or 10
(passenger)
500 kg, 2 5,000 kg, 20 cubic
cubic
meters (cargo)
meters
or1,000 kg, 4 cubic
meters (passenger)

Suborbital launches are similar to the small craft used


to ferry passengers and cargo between spaceships
(see Launches, Knight Hawks Campaign Book pp. 2930). However, unlike spacefaring launches, suborbital
launches are designed specifically for use on very low
gravity moons and asteroids. Made of superlight
alloys, equipped with powerful burster engines and

A standard hopper includes the following equipment


in the initial purchase price: 2 Additional (Spacesuit)
Life Support Packs (KH), a Dis-Viz Laser Projector (ZG),
2 Emergency Beepers (ZG), 1 Emergency Beeper
Receiver (ZG), 4 Extra Spacesuit Patches (8 Patches
total), 2 Flashlights, 1 Floodlight (ZG), a Level 5 Baton
Locks on the cockpit hatch (ZG), 1 Radiophone, 100 m
of Rope, a Type E Radar Scanner (1 km range) (ZG),
1 Techkit and 2 Toxy-Rad Gauges. Since hoppers are
built as lightweight as possible to achieve a decent
travel range, they cannot be armored in any way.
Hoppers are therefore rarely used except as
transportation by the Frontier's militaries, who prefer
to rely on armed landing shuttles and airtight military
crawlers instead.
Below are tables detailing hoppers' fuel and
movement characteristics:

EQUIPMENT

Launch,
Suborbital
Fuel Capacity
Cost
Top / Cruise
Speed
Passengers
Cargo Limit

Suborbital
Launch Fuel
Capacity
Fuel Burn
Rate

Small

Large

200 bursts/
400 bursts/
100cr
200cr
(all models) 3,000 kph in Zero-Gee /
variable - see below
4
2 (cargo) or 10
(passenger)
500 kg, 2
5,000 kg, 20 cubic
cubic meters meters (cargo)
or1,000 kg, 4 cubic
meters (passenger)
200 bursts
400 bursts

to accelerate / decelerate and 100 bursts to counter


gravity (except the zero-gee example, where all bursts
are used to accelerate). The trip would begin by
accelerating to cruise speed, cruising, then
decelerating as the hopper neared its destination; the
hopper would be continually firing bursts to counter
gravity during the entire trip (except in zero-gee). In
these examples the hopper is skimming the ground
and therefore using no bursts to gain altitude per se.
Also, these are idealized examples where the craft
does not need to expend extra fuel bursts to evade
obstacles, etc. Actual trip ranges are 20-60% shorter
depending on terrain, desired altitude, and keeping
fuel reserves rather than completely emptying the
tanks. Note that large hoppers carry 400 bursts of fuel
and have correspondingly greater ranges.

up to one vertical and one


horizontal burst / 6-second Alpha
Dawn turn (each burst accelerates
the hopper at 50 meters / AD turn)
Per Turn
Per Hour

Vertical Fuel
Bursts
Required to
Maintain
Altitude
@ 0.0 G's
0
0
@ 0.1 G's
1 / 8 turns
75 / hour
@ 0.2 G's
1 / 4 turns
150 / hour
@ 0.3 G's
1 / 3 turns
200 / hour
(design limit
for hopper
use)
*All examples assume the hopper uses 100 fuel bursts

Art by Khairul Hisham


Balneum Blue, coming soon.

Travel Times and Ranges on 200 Bursts of Fuel (examples)*


Total
Total
Max.
Cruise
Cruise
Accel. / Accel. / (Cruise) Time
Dist.
Decel.
Decel.
Speed
Time
Dist.
@ 0.0 G's 20
500 km 5 km /
18 hrs., 56,000
minutes
turn
40
km
min.'s
@ 0.1 G's 10
125 km 2,500 m 69.6
1,740
minutes
/ turn
minutes km
@ 0.2 G's 10
125 km 2,500 m 30
750 km
minutes
/ turn
minutes
@ 0.3 G's 10
125 km 2,500 m 19.8
495 km
minutes
/ turn
minutes

Total
Trip
Time

Total Trip
Dist.

20
hours

56,500 km

79.6
minutes
40
minutes
29.8
minutes

1,865 km

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825 km
620 km

LEV (Lunar Excursion Vehicle) (from 2001 A Space


Odyssey module)
Cost
12,000 Cr (rental 75 Cr plus 100
Cr / day)
Top / Cruise
42 kph / 18 kph
Speed
Passengers
4
Cargo Limit
750 kg, 5 cubic meters
Power
Type 3 Parabattery (good for
1,000 km of travel)
LEV's are similar to the "Explorer" class of vehicle
found in the ALPHA DAWN game rules, but small and
designed specifically for lunar use. Large windows are
located front and rear, and the airlock hatch is on one
side. A radiophone is included.
Treads are the primary movement power, but power
struts ("legs") are also mounted, enabling the vehicle
to jump. The horizontal range of a jump is 46-55
(1d10+45) meters from a stationary position, or 72-90
(2d10+70) meters when executed at maximum speed.
The maximum height of a jump is 1/3 the jump range,
reached at midpoint. Modification of the jump
characteristics requires Level 3 Technician Skill and 330 hours of time.
To make a moving jump, the driver must make a
Technician Skill check for Operating Machinery. A 20% penalty applies unless the driver has 3 or more
months' experience at LEV operation. If failed, each
passenger takes 1d10 damage, and devices carried
may also be damaged.
LEV Vehicle Data
Accel (m/turn)
Decel (m/turn)
Top Speed (m/turn)
Turn Speed (m/turn)

40
30
70
50

Magnitruks and Magni-Cargo Trailers (from SFAD6


Dark Side of the Moon)
Cost
2,000 Cr (Magnitruck), 1,000 Cr
(Trailer) (no rental - fees charged
based on travel)
Top / Cruise
60 kph (100 m / turn) / 25 kph (42
Speed
m / turn)
Passengers
2 (Magnitruk) or 4 (Cargo Trailer)
Cargo Limit
200 kg (Magnitruk) or 1,000 kg
(Cargo Trailer; reduce by 150 kg /
passenger if any)
These vehicles are a common fixture of Frontier space
stations, asteroid bases and lunar colonies.
Magnitruks and trailers serve as a cheap transit
system for large and small facilities, transporting cargo
and passengers alike safely and efficiently.
Magnitruks run along magnetic steel rails, using a
magnetic generator in the truk to accelerate and
decelerate; cargo trailers have no engine of their own
and must be towed by a truk unit. Both magnitrucks
and cargo trailers are 2.5 meters long and 1.5 meters
wide. Since magnitruks run on electricity conducted
through the guide rails, they require no parabatteries
and carry none; a battery equivalent to a powerclip is
built into the vehicle to power the control panel,
chronocom and life support system for up to 20 hours
in the event of a power failure.
Each truk and trailer includes a control panel (with an
intercom, buttons for each station / destination, and
an emergency stop button); a Chronocom is built in to
each unit allows passengers to place calls and
transmits a distress signal to the switching center if
the emergency stop button is pressed. All truk shafts
have handholds installed every 2 meters along the
wall in case a truk needs to be evacuated. Truk cars in
large installations and moons typically have automatic
restraint systems installed (adds 250 Cr to cost of
magnitruk, 500 to cost of cargo trailer; when active
requires Strength check to free oneself), and may have
a bubble canopy as well (adds 1,500 Cr to cost of
either vehicle, and if necessary provides 20 hours of
life support for all passengers).

EQUIPMENT

NOTE: In a low- or zero-gravity environment, it is


important that passengers strap themselves into their
seats; any passenger not strapped in when a truk's
engine kicks in risks being thrown from the car
(strength check to remain in seat) rhe next time the
truk whips around a turn (1d5+10 points damage,
halved if the character makes a successful Reaction
Speed check). Also note that magni-truks (like
standard trains)are limited to travelling along track
systems.
Magnitruck Vehicle Data
Accel (m/turn)
Decel (m/turn)
Top Speed (m/turn)
Turn Speed (m/turn)

20
20
100
100

Rover, Desert ("Dune Buggy")


Cost
7,500 (rental - 75 Cr plus 50 Cr /
day)
Top / Cruise
120 kph (200 m / turn) / 75 kph
Speed
(125 m / turn)
Passengers
3
Cargo Limit
200 kg

Desert rovers are rugged wheeled vehicles designed


for offroad travel. They are common on colony
planets due to their low cost, and are also popular
with field scientists (biologists, geologists, etc.),
security forces, and offroad racing enthusiasts. Desert
rovers (like others of the vehicle class) are open
vehicles and offer little protection from the elements
or other hazards to their passengers. Factory models
come with a compass, floodlight and radiophone
installed. If using Zebulon's Guide, desert rovers can
add up to 2 layers of armor (with the appropriate
speed penalties) and a single swivel-weapon mount in
the rear of the vehicle; if the weapon being mounted
is a heavy weapon, only 2 passengers can be carried.
Desert rovers are powered by Type 2 parabatteries
(one is included in the purchase price), and come with
the following equipment factory-installed: a Compass,
Floodlight (ZG), and Radiophone.

NOTE: Due to their offroad suspension and high


ground clearance, rovers are treated as Explorers on
the Terrain Effects Table (SF:AD, p. 19). Since rovers
are open-topped, passengers only receive the Soft
Cover modifier (-10) if fired on. For combat purposes,
desert rovers are considered light vehicles (50+2d10
structural points).
Desert Rover Vehicle Data
Accel (m/turn)
80
Decel (m/turn)
40
Top Speed (m/turn)
200
Turn Speed (m/turn)
70

Rover, Lunar ("Moon Buggy")


Cost

Top / Cruise
Speed
Passengers
Cargo Limit

2,500 Cr (base model) (rental - 25


Cr plus 25 Cr / day) 6,250 Cr
(excursion model) (rental - 75 Cr
plus 50 Cr / day)
40 kph (65 m / turn) / 25 kph (40
m / turn)
2
200 kg (350 kg if only 1
passenger)

NOTES
Length
Vehicle Mass
Total Loaded Mass
Volume (packed)

3.1 meters
250 kg (including 25 kg Type
1 Parabattery)
750 kg
0.9 m3

The lunar rover is a rugged, dependable vehicle used


on the moons of the Frontier's planets. Powered by a
Type 1 Parabattery, rovers can be found in the garages
of nearly every lunar base and colony on the Frontier.
They are cheap and easily repaired, making them
especially popular with miners and science teams.
Rovers function equally well in vaccuum or
atmospheric environments. If using Zebulon's Guide
rules, a rover can add up to 1 layer of armor (reducing
max and cruise speeds by 15 kph) and 1 weapon
mount (usually a swivel).

EQUIPMENT NEW VEHICLES FOR STAR FRONTIERS

Rovers are available as base models (the basic chassis)


or as excursion models which add the following to the
vehicle:

rovers is three - a driver (usually the vehicle's NCO),


heavy weapon gunner (in rear of vehicle), and a
spotter / reloader (in passenger seat).

Excursion Package - includes 2 Additional Life Support


Packs, 2 Emergency Beepers (ZG), 1 Emergency (adds
3,750 Cr and Beeper Receiver (ZG), 4 Extra Spacesuit
Patches (8 Patches total), 2 Flashlights, 75 kg to base
model) Freeze Field, Floodlight (ZG), 1 [spare] Type 1
Parabattery, Radiophone, 100 m Rope, Techkit, 2
Toxy-Rad Gauges

Military rovers are powered by a Type 3 Parabattery.


They come with the following equipment factoryinstalled (listed specs for speed, accel/deceleration,
etc. already reflect this): Air Brakes (ZG), 1 layer of
Armor, an infrared Floodlight (ZG), Gyrostabilizer (ZG),
Radiophone, Rocket Booster with 4 extra charges, and
2 swivel mounts (1 for a rifle-sized weapon up to 5 kg
in front of the passenger seat, 1 for a heavy weapon
up to 25 kg in mass in the rear of the rover). Rovers
can add up to 2 additional layers of armor at the usual
penalties to maximum and cruise speeds, but usually
operate with just the factory armor and rely on their
speed to stay out of harm's way.

NOTE: Rovers are open vehicles with no crew cabin or


independent life support system - passengers must
remain in spacesuits at all times! Due to their offroad
suspension and high ground clearance, rovers are
treated as Explorers on the Terrain Effects Table
(SF:AD, p. 19). Since rovers are open-topped,
passengers only receive the Soft Cover modifier (-10)
if fired on. For combat purposes, lunar rovers are
considered light vehicles (50+2d10 structural points).
Lunar Rover Vehicle Data
Accel (m/turn)
Decel (m/turn)
Top Speed (m/turn)
Turn Speed (m/turn)

25
40
65
50

Rover, Military ("Gun Buggy")


Cost
12,000 Cr (military use only - no
rental available)
Top / Cruise
105 kph (175 m / turn) / 75 kph
Speed
(125 m / turn)
Passengers
3
Cargo Limit
200 kg
Military rovers are common among planetary militia
and corporate mercenary troops, who use them for
reconnaissance and hit-and-run missions. Rovers are
popular in this role because they are less conspicuous
than aircraft, handle rough terrain better than hover
vehicles, and are faster than standard explorers. Their
ability to carry heavy weapons also makes them
valuable infantry support vehicles in broken ground.
They are roughly the same size as civilian dune and
lunar rovers, and are cheap enough that they can be
deployed in large numbers. Standard crew for all

Common heavy weapons mounted on rovers include


heavy lasers, machine guns or grenade launchers
(recon and infantry support role); heavy lasers,
recoilless rifles or rocket launchers (anti-armor role); if
using Zebulon's Guide, recon rovers may also mount a
M-1 Rafflur, and anti-armor rovers may mount a
Popper (with 6 micromissiles and fastrack reloads) or
6-tube MLTC with Type I Missiles.
NOTE: Due to their offroad suspension and high
ground clearance, rovers are treated as Explorers on
the Terrain Effects Table (SF:AD, p. 19). Since rovers
are open-topped, passengers only receive the Soft
Cover modifier (-10) if fired on. For combat purposes,
military rovers are considered heavy vehicles due to
their special alloy construction (100+d100 structural
points).
Military Rover Vehicle Data
Accel (m/turn)
100
Decel (m/turn)
60
Top Speed (m/turn)
175
Turn Speed (m/turn)
70

EQUIPMENT

Hypersonic Transport (Scramjet)


Cost
350,000 Cr* (no rental available)
Top / Cruise
Mach 20 (approx. 21,200 km / hr)
Speed
/ Mach 12 (approx. 12,720 km /
hr)
Passengers
40 plus 6 crew (passenger airliner)
or 4 crew (cargo carrier)
Length
40 meters
Wingspan
35 meters
Cargo /
12 meters by 5 meters
Passenger Bay
Takeoff Mass 150,000 kg
Maximum
50 km
Altitude
Fuel
Semi-liquid ("slush") hydrogen
(equivalent to chemical rocket fuel
- see Knighthawks); consumes
2,000 Cr worth of fuel per flight.
Runway
2,500 meters
required
Cargo Limit
15,000 kg / 180 cubic meters
(cargo carrier), or 40 passengers
plus 5,000 kg / 30 cubic meters
cargo (airliner)
*Price assumes purchase at a Class I Construction
Center; at Class II Centers increase to 395,000 Cr and
at Class III Centers increase to 625,000 Cr. Scramjets
are slightly cheaper than typical shuttles of their size
and type due to a standardized design by Trans-Travel
which has been copied across the Frontier.
Scramjets are suborbital transports intermediate
between aircraft and shuttles. Designed with "airbreathing" rocket engines which oxidize hydrogen,
they travel at hypersonic speeds at altitudes which
graze the edge of space. These vehicles are the
fastest transport available for shuttling passengers
and cargo across the planets of the Frontier. Typically
operated by planetside airline companies, many are
also owned by governments and the megacorps for
their own use. On smaller planets (Light or Outpost
population code), they are sometimes owned and
operated by Trans-Travel (the megacorp) or by
individual entrepreneurs (usually former spacers).
Although scramjet flights are usually between 2 points
on a planet's surface and just graze the edge of space,
they are capable of acting as normal shuttles if

necessary.
Hypersonic transports are coated with a reflective
heat shielding material which is equivalent in all
respects to a Reflective Hull; they also include
Astrogation Equipment (Shuttle) (KH), an Intercom
Panel (in the cockpit) and 2 Intercom
Speakers/Microphones (in the cargo / passenger
compartment) (both from KH), a Life Support System
(36-60 supported) (KH), a Radar Unit (KH), a Subspace
Radio, and 2 Videocom Radios (1 in the cockpit and 1
in a booth in the passenger / cargo area) (KH). All
hypersonic transports have 6 Portholes (forming a
continuous wraparound window for the cockpit) (KH),
and passenger airliners will have an additional 24
Portholes (12 to a side) lining the passenger
compartment. The cockpit area hatch and each of the
two computers on a scramjet are secured by Level 5
Baton Locks (ZG). Government or megacorp-owned
scramjets can be equipped with up to 2 Decoys (at an
extra 20,000 Cr each) (KH) and / or 2 Escape Pods (at
an extra 30,000 Cr each) (KH); if either or both of
these options are mounted, passenger capacity drops
to 10 and cargo capacity to 1,000 kg (also reduce the
craft's cargo capacity by 4 cubic meters per Decoy and
16 cubic meters per Escape Pod).
All scramjets are equipped with a main computer
(Level 2, 18 FP) including a Level 2 Alarm Program (2
Function Points), Level 1 Astrogation Program (Shuttle
Type, 3 Function Points), Level 3 Computer Lockout
Program (2 Function Points), Level 2 Damage Control
Program (4 Function Points), a Level 1 Drive Program
(Chemical Type, Size A, 3 Function Points), and a Level
1 Life Support Program (4 Function Points). A
secondary computer (Level 2, 11 FP) includes a Level 1
Commerce Program (3 Function Points), Level 1
Communication Program (3 Function Points), Level 1
Installation Security Program (3 Function Points) and a
Level 1 Maintenance Program (2 Function Points).
Both computers are individually encased in
Strongboxes (ZG) with 5 layers of armor. In truly
desperate circumstances, a scramjet can mount a
single Assault Rocket.

EQUIPMENT NEW VEHICLES FOR STAR FRONTIERS

KnightHawks Statistics
Hull Size 3 Shuttle
ADF
MR
Hatches
Engines
DCR
Hull Points

Walker, Cargo
Cost
Top / Cruise
Speed
Passengers
Cargo Limit

1
4
1
2
80
10

22,000 Cr (rental - 75 Cr plus


150 Cr / day)
50 kph (82 m / turn) / 30 kph (50
m / turn)
8
2500 kg, 5 cubic meters with 8
passengers or 5,000 kg, 25 cubic
meters with none

Similar in design to the smaller survey walkers, cargo


walkers are large, hexapedal (6-legged) vehicles
designed to transport heavy cargo loads through
rough terrain. They are also used by small science
expeditions as mobile base camps. The vehicle has a
small cab in the front (roughly 2.5 meters high, 4
meters wide and 2 meters long), from which a small
door opens into the passenger / cargo area (roughly
2.5 meters high, 2.5 meters wide and 4 meters long);
the vehicle's legs keep its main body about 2.5 meters
off the ground, and can walk through bodies of water
up to that height with little difficulty. The rear of the
passenger / cargo area has a large hatch in the rear
(with a retractable ramp) and a smaller side hatch
with a retractable step ladder). Cargo walkers are
very rarely used by the military due to their slow
speed, but they can add a single layer of armor at the
usual speed penalty; they can add up to 3 weapon
mounts (either fixed or swivel) - 1 under the "chin" of
the cab and 1 each at the front and back of the cargo
area roof.
Cargo walkers are powered by a Type 3 Parabattery
(included in the purchase price) and come with the
following equipment factory-installed (these are
included in the initial purchase price): Compass,

Chronocom, Dis-Viz Laser Projector (ZG), Emergency


Beeper Receiver (ZG), Floodlight (ZG), Radiophone, a
Techkit, and a Toxy-Rad Gauge (mounted on front of
unit, displays status in cockpit). The standard model is
not airtight, but can be modified for use in vaccuum or
poisonous atmospheres at a cost of 12,000 Cr (makes
cockpit airtight and includes 20 hrs life support for 8
passengers). Although it is rarely done, 2 heavy duty
arms can be mounted under the cab for 2,500 Cr.
NOTE: Although these vehicles move on legs, their
movement type is treated as "slithering" on the
Terrain Effects Table (SF:AD, p. 19) due to their ability
to pick their way through difficult terrain. For combat
purposes, cargo walkers are considered heavy vehicles
(100+d100 structural points). They require above
average maintenance due to the complicated
hydraulic systems in the legs; in game terms, the
vehicle requires a successful repair roll (SF:AD Repair
Machinery or SF:ZG Vehicle Repair) for every 100 km
travelled, or the vehicle will automatically break down
in the next 100 km of travel (roll d100 for the exact km
it breaks down at).
Cargo Walker Vehicle Data
Accel (m/turn)
40
Decel (m/turn)
20
Top Speed (m/turn)
82
Turn Speed (m/turn)
40

Walker, Survey
Cost

Top / Cruise
Speed
Passengers
Cargo Limit

10,000 Cr (rental - 75 Cr plus 75


Cr / day)(9,000 Cr if equipped
with standard arms, 7,500 Cr if
no arms mounted)
65 kph (110 m / turn) / 45 kph
(75 m / turn) biped
2
200 kg, 1 cubic meter

Survey walkers are bipedal (2-legged) vehicles,


designed for short range survey missions through
extremely rough terrain. They are usually deployed in
areas such as boulder fields, light woodlands, and
heavily cratered zones. On such terrain the agility of
the walker's legs makes up for its slow speed and

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small cargo capacity compared to other ground


vehicles. They are rarely employed by military or
security forces, except as mobile guard posts, due to
their slowness and lack of armor. Survey walkers are
roughly 3.5 meters in height, with a pair of 2 meter
legs attached at the midpoint of a cab 2.5 meters high
and 2 meters wide / deep. The cab has space for a
driver and one passenger, who strap into reclined
seats; a small, sealed cargo area (accessible from
hatches inside and outside the cab) occupies the space
below the seats. If using the Zebulon's Guide rules,
survey walkers can up to 2 layers of armor at the usual
speed penalty, and a single fixed or swivel mount
weapon above the cab.

in the next 100 km of travel (roll d100 for the exact km


it breaks down at).
Survey Walker Vehicle Data
Accel (m/turn)
50
Decel (m/turn)
30
Top Speed (m/turn)
110
Turn Speed (m/turn)
40

Survey walkers are powered by a Type 2 parabattery


(included in the vehicle's purchase price). The
standard model is equipped with a pair of heavy duty
arms (equivalent to heavy duty robot arms in size and
strength); these are used for moving cargo or heavy
objects, but may be replaced by a standard pair of
arms for fine manipulation (a common practice for
walkers used by biologists) or by a pair of fixed
weapon mounts (forward-firing, and can only mount
rifle-sized weapons or smaller).

Zeppelin, Civilian
Cost
30,000 Cr (rental - 100 Cr plus 75
Cr / day)
Top / Cruise
145 kph (240 m / turn) / 75 kph
Speed
(125 m / turn)
Passengers
12 (human-sized) or 4 (Vrusksized)
Length
243 ft (73 meters)
Total Mass
6000 kg
Net Mass (inflated)
600 kg (propellers provide
lift)
Cargo Limit
500 kg / 2 cubic meters with full
passenger load, 1500 kg / 10 cubic
meters with no passengers aboard

Survey walkers come with the following equipment


factory-installed (these are included in the initial
purchase price): Compass, Chronocom, Emergency
Beeper Receiver (ZG), Floodlight (ZG), Radiophone, a
Techkit, and a Toxy-Rad Gauge (mounted on front of
unit, displays status in cockpit). The standard model is
not airtight, but can be modified for use in vaccuum or
poisonous atmospheres at a cost of 4,000 Cr (makes
cockpit airtight and includes 20 hrs life support for 2
passengers).

Zeppelins are semi-rigid airships supported by internal


struts of composite materials, unlike blimps which are
simple inflated gasbags. They are powered by 2 Type
3 Parabatteries which drive a pair of propellers; the
propellers can swivel and serve as secondary steering
(in addition to the rudders) for the craft. A zeppelin
can take off and land either vertically (like a copter) or
on an ascending angle (like an airplane), and require
no runway.

NOTE: Although these vehicles move on legs, their


movement type is treated as "slithering" on the
Terrain Effects Table (SF:AD, p. 19) due to their ability
to pick their way through difficult terrain. For combat
purposes, consider survey walkers to be light vehicles
(50+2d10 structural points). They require above
average maintenance due to the complicated
hydraulic systems in the legs; in game terms, the
vehicle requires a successful repair roll (SF:AD Repair
Machinery or SF:ZG Vehicle Repair) for every 100 km
travelled, or the vehicle will automatically break down

Although not popular on Core planets dominated by


aircars and such, zeppelins are very useful on colonies,
low-tech planets, and for explorers due to their low
maintenance, low cost, and good handling (a zeppelin
can rotate in place and hover much like a helicopter).
The zeppelin's gas bags (called "cells") are inflated
with helium, making it non-flammable.
Due to their similar sizes, there have been cases
where camouflaged airships have been used as decoys
for landed Hull Size 4 ships by smugglers and pirates;

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use of a zeppelin in this way to evade pursuit by law


enforcement officers is a felony on all UPF member
planets and is vigorously prosecuted.
Zeppelin Vehicle Data
Accel (m/turn)
Decel (m/turn)
Top Speed (m/turn)

20
20
240

***MOVEMENT AND COMBAT NOTES:


For aerial combat modifiers and the results table, use
the jetcopter entries (SF:AD, p. 33) for zeppelins; they
can increase or decrease altitude by 20 meters / turn
and are capable of hovering as do aircars and
jetcopters. If a zeppelin is damaged in a high-wind
storm, add +5 per 50kph of the storm's wind speed to
rolls made on the Flying Vehicle Damage Table (SF:AD,
p.33).

Zeppelin, Survey (from SFKH2 Mutiny on the


Eleanor Moraes)
Cost
10,000 Cr (rental not available)
Top / Cruise
100 kph / 50 kph
Speed
Passengers
20
Cargo Limit
1000 kg in 100 cubic meters
Range
20,000 km; multi-fuel turbine
engine
These semi-rigid lighter-than-air vehicles are used
primarily for survey and colonization.
Their
economical operation, high cargo capacity, extensive
range, and low-tech design make them useful and
versatile. Gondolas are custom-designed for specific
applications.
Survey robots act as tugboats for the assembly,
inflation, mooring, and remote landing of these
airships.

In combat, a zeppelin (gasbag and gondola combined)


has structural points equal to a heavy vehicle
(100+d100); if only the gondola or the gasbag is
targeted, treat the individual components as
equivalent to a light vehicle's structural points
(50+2d10). If using the vehicle armor rules from SF:ZG
(p. 83), a maximum of two layers of armor can be
applied to a zeppelin (anymore and it could not take
off); in addition to the speed penalties listed in ZG,
armored zeppelins lose the capacity for 3 passengers
or 500 kg of cargo per layer of armor added. In
addition to regular armor layers, it is possible to add a
coating of reflective paint to the gasbag and gondola;
this adds 2,000 Cr to the vehicle's cost ad makes it
impossible to conceal. A maximum of 3 swivel mounts
can be added to the gondola (1 in the nose and 1 to
each side) for weapons; see SF:ZG (p. 83) for costs and
restrictions.

EQUIPMENT

SPACESHIPS
The Embecker Dance
By Dominic (Nick) Pelletier

The Embecker Dance


Luxury Passenger Liner
Hull Size
ADF
MR
DCR
Hull Points
Life Support
Main
Backup

8
3
3
44
40
188
90 (back up A), 90 (back
up B)
2
Atomic Class B
Laser Battery
None

Number of Engines
Engine Type
Weapons
Defenses
Accommodations
1st Class
20 passengers
Journey Class
68 passengers
Storage Class
80 passengers
Crew
20 crew
Computer
Level
5
FP
474
Programs
Atomic Engines (lv 5), Life Support Main (lv4), Life
Support Backup A (lv 3), Life Support backup B (lv3),
Alarm (lv 2), Computer Lockout (lv 2), Astrogation
(lv 4), Entertainment (lv 5), Laser Battery (lv 1),
Medical Lab (lv 3)
Onboard Vehicles
1 Life Boat, Multiple
Escape Pods, 1 Work Pod
Other Equipment
Subspace Radio, Intercom, Videocom Radio, Radar,
Several service & maintenance robots.

History:
The Embecker Dance originally started her service as a
military vessel whose mandate was escort duty for
unarmed civilian ships. Though lightly armed, her
captain and crew were drafted into full combat
operations during the First Sathar War. Fortunately,
the ship and her crew were located near Prenglar
when the call arrived. They were among the first to
arrive and provide assistance at the rally point. Under
her flag, the Embecker Dance was made the command
ship of a strike force for the coming battle. After
engaging the enemy, the strike force headed by the
Embecker Dance proved very capable and destroyed
many Sathar warships before receiving heavy
combined fire herself. The ship was heavily damaged
and taken out of commission but was still salvageable
after the battle was over.
Being unsuited to return to combat duty, she was
purchased by a private consortium and was retrofitted
into a luxury passenger liner. The Embecker Dance has
changed hands many times and has proved to be a
solid and reliable ship.
Currently, the Embecker Dance is employed for luxury
cruises to nearby stellar phenomenon. A trip onboard
is not designed to get her passengers to their
destination quickly. Instead, passengers are treated to
a wonderful multi-stop tour of several nearby
nebulae, dust clouds and other stellar sights with
ports of call from Fromeltar, Dramune, Cassidine, and
Madderly Star systems.
As the name implies, trips onboard the Embecker
Dance are entertaining and humorous. Many trips
have themes with a party-like atmosphere. Often, the
entertainment crew hosts elaborate events, such as
mysteries, costume Balls and other special
celebrations for the passengers enjoyment.
Most passengers onboard tend to be Dralasites and
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rare to find Yazirian passengers as the theme of the


trips often proves too much for Yazirians to bear.

located here for entertainment purposes. Lift #1 does


not go to this deck.

Passengers who have taken the trip on the Embecker


Dance have high reviews for the entertainment and
vistas provided to them.

Deck 2, Recreation:
Most recreational activities are held on this deck.
There are several lounges around the hull with
expansive viewports to take in the sights as the ship
travels. Each lounge is equipped with a Holo-screen
for passenger enjoyment. The middle of this deck is
taken up by the Multi-Purpose room. This room can
be changed as needed depending on what activities
are planned. Currently, it is set up as a Holo-Theater.
This deck also houses what was originally the Weapon
Control Deck. This has now been converted to a
service deck for the Entertainment Officer.

One of the special features of the Embecker Dance is


that she has a far larger rescue capacity than most
ships of similar size. Having been a warship, most of
the former weapon hard-points have been converted
into Life Pod docks. The Embecker Dance is one of the
only active ships that sport enough Life Pods and
Rescue Boats to evacuate the entire passenger list and
crew capacity including Storage Class.
The Embecker Dance is an old ship. There are many
mysterious creaks and groans to her hull, despite
several attempts at solving these. The ship has proved
herself many times both during combat and in other
emergency situations and has always been able to
recover. Since being re-serviced as a luxury ship, only
2 deaths have ever occurred onboard.

The Embecker Dance


The name of the Embecker Dance is taken from the
infamous dance from ancient feudal human history
that originated from the Embeck Duchy. The original
dance was a farce that involved several partners
dancing in a complex pattern in which the participants
make rude, and sometimes obscene, jesters to each
other. The Embecker Dance, as it became known as, is
recognized as the first example of what became
known as Participation Comedy.
Though the popularity of the Embecker Dance faded
fairly quickly from Human history, it has found
resurgence with Dralasite historians who discovered
the dance while studying Human history.

Decks:
Deck 1, Observation:
The topmost deck serves as the mess hall for
passengers. A fully stocked galley is located here and
there is almost always food of some sort available at
all times. Regular meals are served buffet style at set
times. This deck is surrounded with Plaststeel
windows covering as much of the walls & ceiling as
possible. It is without a doubt, the best seat in the
house for stellar viewing. A large Holo-screen is also

Deck 3, First Class:


First Class accommodations. Each First Class berth has
room for two passengers with their own washroom
facilities. Though not as large as other ships First Class
berths, these are quite comfortable. This is also the
location of the Main Bridge.
Deck 4, Journey Class 1:
Main deck for Journey Class passengers. Each berth
has a double bunk. Washroom facilities are shared by
all Journey Class passengers on this deck. The
Navigation Bridge is also located on this deck.
Deck 5, Journey Class 2:
Much the same as Deck 4, this deck is also where the
Main Airlocks are located on both the port and
starboard sides. This is the first deck passengers see
when boarding the ship before being directed to their
berths. A secondary Bridge/Command center is also
located on this deck. If needed, this bridge is capable
of running all of the ships functions but in a limited
capacity.
Deck 6, Crew Deck:
Lift #3 brings passengers to the Medical Bay if needed.
All other lifts will only come to Deck 6 for authorized
crew. This deck provides the quarters and off-time
facilities for all the ships crew. Between the Captains
quarters and the Officers quarters, is the Captains
Mess. A dedicated room for the captain and officers.

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Deck 7, Cargo 1:
This deck is only accessible to authorized crew
members. All cargo is stored on this deck. Deck 7 itself
consists of the upper section that opens up to Deck 8
which is the main cargo hold. Deck 7 is primarily used
for crew items and storage of smaller items or those
with special storage considerations.
Deck 8, Cargo 2:
Main Cargo Hold is only accessible to authorized crew
members. This deck is mostly open through Deck 7
and provides ample storage space for cargo and
personal belongings of crew and passengers. This is
also where Storage Class passengers are kept.
Deck 9, Environmental:
This deck is only accessible to authorized crew
members. A service shaft provides the only access to
this deck. Machinery related to environmental
controls is located here.
Deck 10, Computer:
This deck is only accessible to authorized crew
members. A service shaft provides the only access to
this deck. This deck houses the ships computer core
and logic centers.
Deck 11, Systems:
This deck is only accessible to authorized crew
members. A service shaft provides the only access to
this deck. Internal control and communication systems
are accessible on this deck.
Deck 12, Engineering 1:
This deck is only accessible to authorized crew
members. A service shaft provides the only access to
this deck. This is the access point for several systems
related to the operation of the ship.

Deck 15, Machine Shop:


This deck is only accessible to authorized crew
members. A full function repair and manufacturing
shop for repairs and minor fabrication are done. There
is also an aft airlock that accesses a workpod for
external repairs and maintenance if needed.

Legend:
Life Pods:

Lift:

Pressure
Hatch:

Floor/
Ceiling
Hatch:

Spacesuit/
Survival Gear
Locker:

Security
Door:

Sliding
Door:

I ran across the main picture for the Embecker


Dance while looking for some sci-fi pictures online.
Every once in a while too, I will search for Star
Frontiers stuff hoping to find something new. Well,
Nick was kind enough to share this ship and its
history with us. I hope you have some time to
travel across the stars. - William

Deck 13, Engineering 2:


This deck is only accessible to authorized crew
members. This deck is where the ships engineers
spend most of their time monitoring the ships systems
as well as providing damage control.
Deck 14, Main Engine:
This deck is only accessible to authorized crew
members. Access to the ships engines is through here.
This is also where monitoring and resupply of the
engines is performed.

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CREATURES OF THE FRONTIER


The following creatures were created by Ben Gorman as extra
creatures for the upcoming Balneum Blue adventure. Enjoy the
artwork from all of the great artists over at Deviant Art. For
those creatures we do not have art, let you imagination take
you away.

Balneum Blue Creatures


By Ben Rollo Gorman

Arrowhead Prawn
Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack

Special Defense

Native World

Medium Carnivore
1d10
Fast
+6/60
40
75
2d10 Claw
If the claw attack succeeds, then an
additional 2d10 is automatically
delivered as the arrow-shaped head is
forced into the body of the victim.
After
that,
1d10
damage
is
automatically delivered every turn as
the creature begins feeding.
Armored shell can absorb 50 points of
damage from inertial and laser beam
damage before the creature is harmed.
Balneum Blue

DESCRIPTION: This creature can grow to about 2 m (7 ft) in


length. It swims through the water by taking in water and
forcefully ejecting it through a pair of orifices on either side
along its belly. In this way the arrowhead prawn can move
very fast and with great precision.
When attacking, the creature will rush at its target and
strike at it with both of its front claws simultaneously. If
they strike (each will do 1d10), they are imbedded in the
victim giving the prawn the opportunity to ram its arrowshaped head into the flesh of the target (for an additional
2d10). The following round, the creature will begin feeding
eating its victim alive if the initial assault didn't kill it.

Earwig
Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack

Special Defense

Native World

Medium carnivore
1d10
Medium
+6/60
80
60
1d10
Poison-After a successful bite, the
target must roll a STA check or take
+2d10 damage.
Exoskeleton-the creature's exoskeleton
can withstand 40 points of damage
(from inertial and laser beam sources)
before the creature begins to take STA
damage.
Balneum Blue

DESCRIPTION: This creature is very bug-like. Though it can


swim, it is more comfortable actually walking on the sea
floor where it sifts through debris and pokes around
crevices in the coral looking for prey. Once a victim is found,
the earwig bites and injects it with a fast-acting poison. It
has hollow fangs and venom sacs similar to a spider and
seems equally at home out of the water as it is in the water.
In fact, it can leave the water indefinitely if it wishes, but it
must briefly return to a water source from time to time in
order to stay moist.
It frequents the atoll-like islands that dot the planet and
preys upon a large crustacean that lives on these islands
and feeds on the plant matter that can be found there.

CREATURES OF THE FRONTIER BALNEUM BLUE CREATURES

Flat Crab
Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack

Special Defense

Native World

Surfing Ray
Medium Carnivore (parasite)
1d10
Medium
+5/55
50
60 Bite.
1d10
If the initial bite is successful, then the
creature's spear-shaped head is lodged
in the flesh of the victim. The victim
loses 1d5 STA per day thereafter unless
the creature is removed.
Armored shell can withstand 100 points
of damage (from inertial and laser
beam sources) before the creature can
be harmed.
Balneum Blue

Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack
Special Defense
Native World

Large Carnivore
1d10
Medium
+5/50
200
None
None
Can accidentally capsize surface craft
None
Balneum Blue

DESCRIPTION: The flat crab is a large parasite. It can grow to


a length of about 2 m (7 ft). It subsists on larger creatures,
attaching itself to the skin in hard to reach areas where it
thrusts its spear-like head into the flesh. Once lodged in its
host, the flat crab consumes the blood of the beast. Usually
this siphoning of bodily fluids is harmless to larger creatures
as they tend to regenerate health faster than the flat crab
can consume it. However, several flat crabs infesting one
creature can cause it to weaken and die.
Against smaller creatures, flat crabs are extremely
aggressive, seeking to skewer the victim and drain it dry in a
matter of moments.

Barbeled Shark
Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack
Special Defense
Native World

Large Carnivore
1D10
Fast
+5/55
75
60
3D10
None
None
Balneum Blue

Art by Christopher Stoll


http://christopherstoll.deviantart.com/

DESCRIPTION: The barbeled shark is a graceful fish that can


reach lengths of about 6 meters. It is usually a dark gray
color on its dorsal aspect and light gray along its belly.
This fish hunts by cruising the seabed and using its barbels
as feelers to sift through the sand in search of fish hidden
just below the sediment. Once a fish is flushed from its
hiding place, the barbeled shark will quickly pounce upon it
and tear it to shreds with its razor-sharp teeth.

DESCRIPTION: The surfing ray spends much of its time close


to land where it glides about in the breakers. The
turbulence of the waves stirs up sediment and is particularly
attractive to small fish and swimming crustaceans upon
which the surfing ray feeds. When seen 'surfing', the ray is
actually moving swiftly through the water from the bottom
to the surface with its mouth gaping, filtering the miniscule
creatures. This often ends in the surfing ray breaching the
surface and 'surfing' for a short distance.
This creature is generally quite docile but when feeding, it
can accidentally collide with surface craft and capsize or
damage them.

CREATURES OF THE FRONTIER

Flatfluke Crab
Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack
Special Defense

Native World

Large Carnivore
1
Medium
+5/50
150
55
4d10 Bite
None
Armored Shell can withstand 100
points of damage (from inertial and
laser beam sources) before the
creature will be harmed.
Balneum Blue

DESCRIPTION: The flatfluke crab is a large swimming


crustacean. Its shell is usually red in color which is darker
along the dorsal side than the ventral side. The creature can
attain a length of about 5 m (16 ft).
It will attack and try to consume anything that is smaller
than it is. When it attacks it simply swims in close and
latches onto its victim with its two fang-like mandibular
protrusions. Then it begins biting away at the flesh, stopping
only if the victim breaks away and escapes (often leaving
the flatfluke crab with a mouth full of flesh).
The flatfluke crab is edible and quite tasty by human
standards.

Flatfluke Pinniped
Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack
Special Defense
Native World

Large Carnivore
1D10
Fast
+6/65
100
65
2d10
None
None
Balneum Blue

DESCRIPTION: The flatfluke pinniped is a green, mottled


creature with a distinctive flat tail fluke. It is a surprisingly
adept and agile swimmer that seems to effortlessly glide
through the water with great speed. It is also a very curious
creature, though not terribly aggressive. Instead it is more
likely to swim in close to an unknown creature to
investigate it, relying upon its agility and speed to get it out
of trouble if the creature turns out to be dangerous.

whatever they have absconded with after determining that


it is not edible or of any use to them. They particularly like
shiny objects or things that make sounds.

Snot Fish
Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack
Special Defense

Native World

Small Carnivore
1d10
Medium
+5/50
10
40
1d10
None
When alarmed, the Snot fish can quickly
exude a viscous gel-like substance into
the surrounding water (covering an area
of up to 10 meters in a matter of
moments! This gel quickly solidifies into
rubbery, interlocking tendrils that are
extremely tough, taste extremely bad
and are exceptionally toxic if ingested
(causing 2d10/hour for 24 hours, half
damage if a STR check is made).
Balneum Blue

DESCRIPTION: The snot fish is a homely creature that grows


to a length of about 1 m (3 ft). It is not particularly
dangerous unless provoked and even then, as long as the
provoker is not attempting to eat the fish, is still easily
evaded as it is fairly slow and much more interested in
fleeing than attacking. Its intriguing defense can pose issues
to passing creatures or craft.
The snot fish has keen visual acuity and can detect
movement (especially shadows) from a great distance away
(up to 50 m [164 ft] which is pretty good underwater!) and
it startles easily. If a creature or craft happens to be passing
closely enough it could easily become entangled in the
mucous-like glob secreted by the fish. Therefore, unless
manually removed, this could cause serious impediments to
movement.
The snot fish spends most of its time in water that is 91 m
(300 ft) deep or less, sifting the bottom for mollusks which
it swallows in one gulp. It has a gizzard-like organ similar to
a bird, which crushes up the shells so that the flesh may be
digested. The shells are later regurgitated.

They also enjoy manipulating objects with their front, handlike fins. They will grasp and carry off gear that is not
securely tied down if given the opportunity, though out of
curiosity rather than maliciousness. Often they will drop

CREATURES OF THE FRONTIER BALNEUM BLUE CREATURES

When feeding, the rasp will approach its intended victim


from behind and attach itself to the target's back using its
adapted barbells to wrap around protrusions and hold the
fish in place. It then uses its rasping mouth parts to chew a
small hole in the skin of the victim. Once the skin is
breached, the rasp will feed on the bodily fluids of the
creature. The saliva of the rasp works to numb the
surrounding tissue so that the victim cannot feel the wound
being created or feel the fish feeding after the damage has
been done. The fish will feed until it has consumed 20 STA
worth of 'fluids' at which point it will drop off and go about
its business.

Flying Fish
Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack
Special Defense
Native World

Medium Carnivore
2-20
Very Fast
+6/60
50
60
4d10 Screech
Screech-causes sonic damage
Immune to sonic damage
Balneum Blue

DESCRIPTION: The flying fish is a multicolored fish that can


reach a length of up to 3 m (11 ft). It's elaborate fins are in
fact, modified wings which it uses to 'fly' through the water.
It is capable of incredible speeds and can breach the surface
and launch itself into the air. This is not gliding but is
actually true flight. It can survive for up to an hour at a time
out of the water. Flying through the air seems to be an
adaptation which enables the fish to escape marine
predators.
When feeding, the flying fish uses its screeching attack to
direct an intense wave of sonic energy at its target. The
assault is usually enough to completely disrupt the internal
organs of their small victims and kill them outright. The fish
will then swoop in and scoop them up, unhindered.

The jaws of the rasp are powerful enough to chew through


soft protective suits if given enough time to do so. In this
way, not only can this fish cause harm to the victim, but it
can also cause harm to the victim's equipment.

Sand Spitter
Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack

Flying fish are edible, though a bit bland by human


standards.

Rasp
Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack

Special Defense
Native World

Small Carnivore
1
Medium
+6/60
10
60
1d10
Anesthetic saliva deadens pain so
that the rasp may feed unnoticed.
1D10 per hour thereafter with no
chance to miss until the rasp drops
off on its own or is removed.
None
Balneum Blue

DESCRIPTION: The rasp is a seemingly harmless fish-like


creature. It's relatively small size (about .5 meters [2 ft.])
allows it to often go unnoticed. They are usually light blue in
color with a mottled appearance along their dorsal aspect
where irregular dark blue spots can be seen. They have two
sets of adapted barbells, one set positioned adjacent to the
rasping mouth and the other set located near the tail.

Special Defense
Native World

Medium Carnivore
1d10
Medium
+5/55
65
65
4d10 Weaponized Sand.
Weaponized sand. The sand spitter has
an organ in its throat that allows it to
spit grains of sand at high velocity. The
sand is able to achieve a speed
conducive to super inertial cavitation
which, in essence, creates a bubble in
its wake. This grain of sand and
subsequent bubble (due to its velocity)
become a solid projectile similar to a
bullet fired from a firearm.
None
Balneum Blue

DESCRIPTION: The sand spitter is a fairly docile creature


that can reach a length of about 3 m (11 ft). It frequents the
sandy sea bottom in relatively shallow areas (not beyond
100 m [328 ft]) where it can be seen scooping up mouthfuls
of sand. When the fish spots a prey item, it spits the
mouthful of sand at it causing a shotgun-like effect out to a
range of about 15 m (49 ft). For the prey items that the sand
spitter hunts, such an impact is usually devastating, tearing
the smaller creature to pieces.

CREATURES OF THE FRONTIER

Static Wisp
Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack

Special Defense
Native World

Small Carnivore
2d10
Medium
+5/50
10
65
1d10 Electrical discharge
Any creature coming within 5 m (16 ft) of
the static wisp is subject to its electrical
discharge. The discharge will also stun
any target within 5 m (16 ft) for 1d100
turns unless a STA check is made.
Immune to electrical energy
Balneum Blue

DESCRIPTION: The static wisp is a small creature, growing to


a length of about half a meter. It is vaguely jelly-fish like
except that it has only one robust tentacle rather than a
large collection of them. It can swim through the water
using its tentacle like a fluke, swishing it from side to side.
This creature always glows with bio-luminescence. The glow
slowly shifts between various colors; usually varying shades
of blue, green and red. This creature also puts off a
continuous electrical discharge that shocks everything
within 5 m (16 ft). At the top of the creature's bell is a round
oral cavity which stays open continuously as the static wisp
swims. In this way the creature is able to stun its prey and
then collect it as it swims along. Mostly this results in the
creature collecting microscopic creatures but they can
occasionally collect small fish as well.

Stinging Lotus
Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack

Special Defense
Native World

Small Carnivore
2d10
Slow
+2/20
10
65
5d10 Sting (poison)
Poison sting-A successful attack will
immediately cause 5d10 poison damage
and complete paralysis (a successful STR
check will reduce that by half and negate
the paralyzing effect if paralyzed, the
condition will last 12 hrs with a STR
check allowed for each hour) and an
additional 1d10 per half hour for 12 hrs
(a successful STR check each half hour
will reduce the amount of damage for
that half hour by half).
None
Balneum Blue

DESCRIPTION: The stinging lotus is a multicolored plant that


drifts among thick kelp beds and can be extremely difficult
to distinguish while in that environment. They can
sometimes be found drifting in open water but are easily
avoided if you know what you're about to encounter since
they cannot move to hide or ambush or even attack. They
are completely reliant upon happenstance for their
existence.
They feed upon any creature that happens close enough to
trigger the reflex action which causes their stinging tendrils
to quickly retract. Once a creature has been subdued, the
plant will send out runners to the body. These runners will
burrow into the flesh and begin feasting upon the fluids
caused by the poison turning the flesh into a soupy
consistency. The process of feeding causes spores to
become implanted in the corpse which will sprout and begin
a new life cycle within 37 hrs.
Even if found dead, washed up upon a beach, the stinging
cells of this creature can fire reflexively, delivering their
poison to whatever contacted the creature.

Spiketail
Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack
Special Defense
Native World

Medium Carnivore
1d10
Medium
+6/55
60
75
2d10 Bite or 2d10 Tail Slap
None
None
Balneum Blue

Art by Robert Schilling @


http://schillingart.deviantart.com/
DESCRIPTION: The spiketail is a mid-sized fish that looks
somewhat like a lizard. It can reach a length of about 2.5
meters. It uses its front, clawed fins to dig through bottom
sediment in search of prey burrowing worms and eels.
If threatened, the creature can deliver a painful bite or slap
the intruder with its tail.

CREATURES OF THE FRONTIER BALNEUM BLUE CREATURES

Stone Crab
Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack
Special Defense

Native World

Giant Omnivore (scavenger)


1d10
Medium
+5/45
250
50
6d10 Claw
None
Twice-Armored shell-The shells of the
stone crab are two-fold. It has a
personal shell that is physically part of
the crab's body. That shell can
withstand 100 points of damage (from
inertial and laser beam sources) before
the creature will be harmed. The
second shell is one that another
creature makes, but that the stone crab
takes over and lives inside of. This shell
can withstand 600 points of damage
(from inertial and laser beam sources)
before the creature's personal shell will
begin taking damage. There is a 75%
chance that this shell will be struck,
instead of the creature itself, each time
the stone crab is attacked.
Balneum Blue

DESCRIPTION: The stone crab looks something similar to a


hermit crab except on a much larger scale. It can grow to a
diameter of about 15 m (49 ft) with a height to match. They
eat anything that happens to be lying around where ever
they happen to be wandering but are particularly fond of
rotting flesh.
They aren't particularly aggressive, but are quite capable of
defending themselves if need be and if hungry, they will go
after live flesh if the opportunity presents itself.
Stone crabs are edible, if you can kill one.

Tunneling Worm
Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack

Special Defense
Native World

Small Carnivore
2d10
Fast
+6/60
5
65
1d10 Bite
If attack is successful, the creature does
not need to roll to attack again unless
the victim makes a successful STR check
to yank the beast from its flesh (which
causes 1d10 damage).
None
Balneum Blue

DESCRIPTION: The tunneling worm is an ugly little beast. It


can reach a length of about .5 m (2 ft). It has four eyes and
can see fairly well underwater. Its face is framed by three
hook-like fangs in a triangular pattern around the mouth.
These fangs are designed to be sunk into flesh and anchor
the beast in place. The mouth will then extend from the
creatures face and scoop away enough flesh with the first
bite to allow the creature to wriggle into the wound about
1/3 of its body length. The following turn the process will be
repeated and so to, the third turn. If the creature has not
been successful torn from the victim's flesh by then, it will
take surgery to remove it. Once completely inside the body,
the creature will digest its meal over the course of a day
before burrowing deeper (over the course of three more
turns on this following day). This process will repeat until
the host dies at which point, the worm will shed the lower
1/3 of its body inside the corpse and then burrow its way
free.
Once free of the corpse the worm will go about its way. But
the segment of itself that it left behind will begin to grow
into another worm. Over the course of a day this new worm
will emerge, fully developed but about 1/3 the length of the
adult and so continues the life cycle of the tunneling
worm.

Emerald Pinniped
Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack
Special Defense
Native World

Large Carnivore
1d10
Medium
+5/55
125
65
3D10
None
None
Balneum Blue

DESCRIPTION: The emerald pinniped is somewhat seal-like


in appearance with a greenish hue to its coat. It seems like a
lazy creature as it swims slowly with a misleading side-toside swish of its tail. But it is, in reality, a very fast and fierce
predator when it wants to be. They average about 4 meters
in length and will attack anything smaller than they are.
They hunt in packs and will always try to separate their
victim from the rest of the group through bumping
maneuvers and rushing in and grabbing the prey; dragging
it away from the rest of the group so that it can be
individually attacked by the rest of the pack.

CREATURES OF THE FRONTIER

Mottled Pinniped
Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack
Special Defense
Native World

Large Carnivore
2d10
Medium
+5/50
150
60
4d10
None
None
Balneum Blue

DESCRIPTION: The mottled pinniped is a very aggressive


and voracious carnivore. It hunts in packs and often kills for
the joy of doing so, leaving the carcass for the scavengers
after it has slain its victim. As such it often targets prey
much larger than itself, relying upon its numbers to get the
job done. A favorite tactic is for the pack to surround the
victim(s) and relentlessly dart in, tear at any target of
opportunity and then dart away. This tactic serves to wear
down larger prey over a period of time.

before being swallowed. Though the crabray can strike


quickly, it is generally slow and clumsy when swimming.

Shrouded Serpent
Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack
Special Defense
Native World

Giant Carnivore
1
Medium
+5/50
300
60
7d10 Bite
None
None
Balneum Blue

They are fairly curious creatures and will investigate nearby


disturbances. Sound is particularly enticing to them and will
certainly draw their attention and bring them closer.

Crabray
Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack

Special Defense

Native World

Giant Carnivore
1
Medium
+5/50
225
60
4d10
Ambush predator-80% chance to remain
hidden until it strikes. +20% chance to
strike for that initial surprise attack.
Chitinous exoskeletal dorsal plate acts as
armor, absorbing 100 points of damage
from any attack that strikes it (60%
chance per hit to strike the armor plate
instead of the fleshy parts of the
creature).
Balneum Blue

DESCRIPTION: The crabray is an ambush predator that


measures about 8 meters in length and 5 meters in width.
They tend to be a silt-gray color so that they can blend in
with the sea floor.
The crabray spends most of its time buried just beneath the
top layer of sediment on the sea floor. When a prey item
passes close enough, it pops out quickly, grasping the
unfortunate victim with its tentacles and dragging it into the
bony plates that line its mouth. Once inside the mouth, the
victim is quickly crushed and ground to a lumpy paste

Art by Nicholas Cloister @ http://cloister.deviantart.com/


And http://monstersbyemail.com/
DESCRIPTION: The shrouded serpent is a generally drab
creature as far as coloration goes. But the fins of the
creature are wispy and ethereal, lending an angelic aspect
to the beast. It can reach a length of up to 16 meters in
length with a 'wingspan' of about 28 meters.
It propels itself through the water by 'flapping' its 'wings'
slowly, making it appear graceful and majestic.
It is still a carnivore however and as such, can be dangerous
to creatures that are smaller than it is.

CREATURES OF THE FRONTIER BALNEUM BLUE CREATURES

Tentacled Whale
Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage

Special Attack

Special Defense
Native World

Giant Carnivore
1
Medium
+4/40
400
50
6D10 Tentacles. Once a hit is
successful, no further strikes need be
rolled against a held creature, the
damage is automatic until the
creature frees itself or stops
struggling.
10 arms allows for 8 attacks per turn
against targets that are at least 10
meters in length, otherwise just 1
attack per target.
None
Balneum Blue

The favored prey of the flatnosed eel often pulses with bioluminescence. For that reason, the flatnosed eel is attracted
to sources of light underwater.

Snaggle-toothed Pinniped
Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack
Special
Defense
Native World

Giant Carnivore
1
Fast
+7/65
350
65
8d10 Bite
None
None
Balneum Blue

DESCRIPTION: The tentacled whale is a ponderous, slow


beast. It is huge, attaining a length of about 20 meters. It
has ten tentacles that it uses for grasping and dragging prey
to its toothy mouth.
The tentacled whale is a bottom feeding creature. It slowly
cruises just above the sediment on the sea floor, using its
grasping tentacles to sift through the silt as it goes.
Whenever it flushes a creature large enough to make a
meal, it lashes out with its tentacles in an attempt to
ensnare the victim and drag it to its waiting mouth. Once
ensnared, the victim will be quickly crushed to death by the
constricting force of the tentacles.

DESCRIPTION: The snaggle-toothed pinniped can reach a


length of about 10 meters. It is a blue-green color and
spends most of its time cavorting amongst the kelp beds in
shallower waters. It is a very inquisitive creature and will
investigate anything that catches its attention. It is also a
very playful creature despite its imposing size and fierce
appearance. It can be dangerous simply because of its size
and it will defend itself if threatened.

Flatnosed Eel
Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack
Special Defense
Native World

Art by Spiralfish @ http://spiralfish.deviantart.com/

Giant Carnivore
1
Fast
+5/50
550
65
10d10
None
None
Balneum Blue

It hunts a specific type of fish almost exclusively. But its


playful and curious nature may cause it to 'play' with
watercraft. The trouble is, its size and power can cause
considerable damage!

DESCRIPTION: This creature can reach a length of up to 50


meters. It preys on giant cephalopods and has adapted
speed and grace to enable it to dart in and deliver a killing
bite before its victim can retaliate. It often attacks from
stealth, charging its victim at full speed and impacting the
target with its mouth wide open. This serves to stun its prey
and deliver a massive wound before the victim even knows
it is in danger.

CREATURES OF THE FRONTIER

Crab-clawed Crocodilian

Frilled Serpent

Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack
Special Defense

Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack
Special Defense
Native World

Native World

Large Carnivore
1D5
Medium
+5/50
150
65
6D10
None
Partial chitinous shell can absorb any
damage on a 50% chance
Balneum Blue

Large Carnivore
1
Medium
+6/60
175
65
4d10 Bite
None
None
Balneum Blue

DESCRIPTION: This crocodile-like creature can reach a


length of about 8 meters. They tend to be dark brown in
color with a ruddy shell that covers the head, forelimbs and
part of the back. Each front limb is an armored claw similar
to that of a lobster or crab, but on a much larger scale.
These claws are used to snip prey into pieces so that the
creature will have an easier time swallowing the chunks of
flesh.
Crab-clawed crocodilians are quick-tempered beasts and
will aggressively pursue anything they view as potential
prey. Potential prey is anything that is their size or smaller.

Tentacled Worm
Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack
Special Defense
Native World

Giant Carnivore
1
Medium
+4/40
325
60
10d10 Bite
None
None
Balneum Blue

DESCRIPTION: The tentacled worm is an immense creature


measuring about 75 meters from its gaping maw to the tip
of its posterior tentacles. It sports long, flat fins running
laterally down its body from just behind its head and
extending about 1/3 of the way toward its tail. They tend to
be a pale pink color.
Tentacled worms are fearsome predators that can unhinge
their jaws in order to bite and consume prey that is larger
than itself, which it frequently does. The posterior tentacles
are often employed to entangle the flukes of its prey in
order to hamper its movements while the worm savages the
victim's anterior areas with its viscous teeth.

Art by urbanklaw @ http://urbanklaw.deviantart.com/

DESCRIPTION: The frilled serpent can grow to a length of


about 4 meters. Its skin is a dull gray color with some yellow
markings along its frills and fins. The back of its head is a
mottled red-blue color.
This creature is quite territorial and will attack anything that
enters its area. Furthermore, it is fairly aggressive and hunts
anything that is smaller than it is.

CREATURES OF THE FRONTIER BALNEUM BLUE CREATURES

Horned Octopus
Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack

Large Carnivore
1d5
Medium
+5/50
100
65
3d10 Bite
Entangle- when attacking, the horned
octopus will always envelope its victim,
entangling it with its tentacles while
clipping away at it with its scissor-like
beak. If the beak attack is successful
then so is the entangle. The victim may
roll a STR check -20 to break free but
may do nothing else while entangled.
Any bite attacks made against an
entangled target automatically hit.
None

Clawed Shark
Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack
Special
Defense
Native World

Giant Carnivore
1d2
Fast
+5/50
250
60
10d10 Bite or 5d10 claws (x2)
None
Armored shell can withstand 150
points of damage before the creature
can be harmed
Balneum Blue

Special
Defense
Native World
Balneum Blue
DESCRIPTION: The horned octopus has two distinctive goatlike horns just above its row of six eyes. The creature is
aggressive and is particularly attracted to light. It's body
measures about 5 meters in diameter and it has a tentacle
span of about 10 meters.

Squidray
Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack
Special Defense
Native World

Large Carnivore
1d10
Medium
+5/55
65
55
2d10 Bite
None
Can leap from the water and fly
through the air for up to 25 meters.
Balneum Blue

DESCRIPTION: This beast is distinctive in that when it opens


its mouth a dozen tentacles come forth to grapple with its
prey. In the center of the tentacle mass is a beak-like
structure that is used to tear up its victims and swallow
them. The tentacles can reach a distance of 3 meters. These
tentacles are too weak to grapple anything larger than a
meter; it usually feeds on small fish.

Art by Nicholas Cloister @ http://cloister.deviantart.com/


And http://monstersbyemail.com/
DESCRIPTION: The clawed shark can reach a length of 40
meters. Aside from its mouth full of teeth, the clawed shark
also has crab-like pinchers that it can attack with. It will
often grasp its prey with its claws and then relentlessly bite
at it until it ceases its struggles.
This creature is ill-tempered and very aggressive. It
primarily hunts whale-like creatures and is attracted to
noises.

The squidray can reach a length of about 5 meters and


though it is not generally an aggressive creature, it can
defend itself with surprising tenacity if it feels threatened.

CREATURES OF THE FRONTIER

Six-eyed Grappler
Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack

Special Defense
Native World

Medium Carnivore
1d10
Medium
+5/55
100
75
3d10 Bite
Grapple-The modified tongue of the
six-eyed grappler can be shot out (like
the tongue of a chameleon) to a
distance of 15 meters (damage and
chance to hit listed above). Once
grappled, the target is 'reeled' in and
eaten (3d10 damage automatically
delivered each turn after a successful
strike). A victim can break free of the
grapple if a successful STR check is
made.
None
Balneum Blue

Bearded Serpent
Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack
Special Defense
Native World

Giant Herbivore
2d10
Slow
+4/35
650
50
10d10
None
None
Balneum Blue

DESCRIPTION: This creature tends to slowly swim along the


seabed, cruising for prey. Once a tasty morsel is found, it
will use its modified tongue to lash out from a distance and
lock its jaws onto the victim. It will then drag the victim into
its mouth and swallow it. It will often take 1 turn to drag the
victim in.
Art by Chelsea @ http://fowlboss.deviantart.com/ and
http://www.chelseakubesh.com

Angler Eel
Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack
Special Defense
Native World

Medium Carnivore
1d10
Medium
+6/60
55
65
2d10 Bite
None
None
Balneum Blue

DESCRIPTION: The angler eel is a dull-colored creature that


can grow to about 3 meters in length. Situated upon its
lower lip is worm-like fleshy protrusion which the eel can
wriggle around to mimic the movements of a small creature
moving around beneath the sand.

DESCRIPTION: The bearded serpent is a gigantic creature


measuring about 50 meters in length, 25 meters in diameter
with each pectoral fluke measuring 30 meters in length.
They are usually off-white to gray color with black stripes.
Along the top of their heads, stretching from the brow to
the base of the head is a serrated ridge of bone. When
threatened, they use that bony ridge as a battering ram. The
configuration of the ridge coupled with their sheer mass
serves to create dreadful wounds in the flesh of any
unfortunate creature that has invoked their wrath. They are
quite aggressive when another creature passes too closely
and can easily be provoked to attack by simple proximity.

The angler eel hunts by covering itself with sand on the


bottom of the sea. It leaves its lower lip sticking out and
wiggles it about to attract the attention of other fish. Once a
potential victim comes close enough it will strike quickly,
clamping its powerful jaws around the creature.

CREATURES OF THE FRONTIER BALNEUM BLUE CREATURES

swimming about in the water. However, when threatened,


the creature can seemingly swim through the sand of the
sea floor with incredible speed and grace. It uses its
torpedo-shaped head and uniquely modified mouth to
'dive' into the soft, upper layer of sediment. Then it sets its
front feet into action, churning the sand to create a thick
cloud in a matter of mere moments. This cloud obscures the
sea mole while it continues its escape (attacks against the
sea mole while it is in the cloud are at -50 unless the
attacker has some form of sonar). Finally, it sets its hind feet
into motion and quickly burrows beneath the sand. Three
turns later the sand cloud will dissipate, leaving no trace of
the creature.

Sea Mantis
Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack
Special Defense
Native World

Medium Carnivore
1d10
Very Fast
+8/80
100
75
3d10 Bite
None
None
Balneum Blue

Four-jawed Squid
DESCRIPTION: The sea mantis can grow to a length of 3
meters and has two pairs of fins (one on either side) which
aid in movement. It also has a powerful flat tail to help
propel it through the water. This configuration results in an
incredibly fast and exceptionally agile creature.
Aside from their obvious physical prowess, the sea mantis
also displays an uncanny degree of intelligence; seemingly
more than a simple animal. They are capable of learning
fairly quickly and if one approach isn't working, they may
well try a different tactic. They seem to possess a
rudimentary form of communication and even seem to use
basic tactics to their advantage when hunting. They often
hunt in groups, making them even more dangerous.

Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack
Special Defense
Native World

Medium Carnivore
1d10
Fast
+6/60
80
65
2d10 Bite
None
None
Balneum Blue

Sea Mole
Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack
Special Defense

Native World

Medium Omnivore
1d5
Slow/Fast
+5/50
65
55
1d10 Bite
None
Tunneling-The sea mole is a very fast
digger and can disappear into the soft
sediment of the sea floor in 3 turns
Balneum Blue

DESCRIPTION: The sea mole is a rotund creature with small,


close-set eyes and a mouth that is arraigned in a vaguely
star-shaped pattern. This modified mouth is used primarily
for digging as the beast is able to store enough soil in its
cheeks for the hole it has created to be large enough to
enable the front legs some purchase to begin their work.
When not threatened though, the sea mole can be
observed taking big mouthfuls of soil and chewing a bit
before spitting it out. A few moments later and the
remnants of a bivalve shell will be observed being spat out.
Then the creature repeats the process.

Art by grumbleputty @
http://grumbleputty.deviantart.com/
DESCRIPTION: The four-jawed squid is an extremely
aggressive creature. It will attack anything twice its size or
smaller. It can achieve a length of about 3 meters. The
configuration of its fins and its streamlined shape makes it a
fast swimmer.
This creature looks something like a finned cigar until it
opens its four-jawed mouth and extends its modified
tongue. The tongue is comprised of three tentacles that can
shoot out to a length of 10 meters to grasp its prey and yank
it back into the creature's waiting mouth. The four jaws are
each lined with row upon row of needle-like teeth which
profusely perforate any unfortunate victim contained
within.

The sea mole seems slow and ponderous and it is when

CREATURES OF THE FRONTIER

Luminous Slug
Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack
Special Defense
Native World

Whiptail Shrimp
Small Carnivore
2d10
Medium
+5/50
15
60
1d10
None.
Particularly resistant to acidic
environments.
Balneum Blue

Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack
Special Defense

Native World

Giant Carnivore
1
Medium
+5/45
300
55
6d10 Bite
None
Armored shell can withstand 100
points of damage before the creature
is harmed.
Balneum Blue

DESCRIPTION: The luminous slug grows to a length of about


half a meter and can be as much as 20cm in diameter. They
can be fairly mobile when they want to, but usually just plod
along slowly. In addition to four modified barbels that are
bio-luminescent, the luminous slug can cause its entire to
body to glow.
Its slow mobility, fat juicy appearance and glowing aspect all
serve to present this creature as a tasty morsel to be
snapped up quickly. Indeed, that is the niche that this
creature fills serving to be eaten. But the luminous slug
always gets the last laugh as it is often gulped down by
larger creatures; swallowed whole. But once inside this
larger fish, the luminous slug turns the tables and begins to
feed upon its new host from the inside out.

Horned Salamander
Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack
Special Defense
Native World

Small Carnivore
1d10
Fast
+6/60
25
60
1d10 Bite
None
None
Balneum Blue

DESCRIPTION: The horned salamander can grow to a length


of about 1 meter. It has two forelegs with webbed feet that
it uses to turn over debris on the sea floor while it roots
around for prey. It has no rear legs.
This creature will usually flee from a threat if given a
chance, but if forced to defend itself, it is quite capable of
delivering a painful bite.

Art by unded @ http://unded.deviantart.com/


DESCRIPTION: Though the whiptail shrimp looks vaguely
shrimp-like, it is more like a whale than a shrimp. It is very
large, measuring about 9 meters long and 4 meters in
diameter. It feeds on smaller creatures, mostly fish but
anything that is about 4 meters in length or smaller is
potential prey.

Horned Crab
Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack
Special Defense

Native World

Giant Carnivore
1d2
Medium
+5/45
150
50
10d10
None
Armored shell can withstand 500
points of damage before the creature
is harmed
Balneum Blue

DESCRIPTION: The horned crab's body is 10 meters in


diameter and it has a leg span of 25 meters! Its pinchers are
extremely powerful and capable of snipping a 3 meter
diameter column of coral cleanly in half with little effort.
This beast is an opportunistic scavenger but it will also
capture and kill prey if given a chance. Despite its size, it can
be fairly nimble when it wants to be and is capable of
catching passing fish in a claw.

CREATURES OF THE FRONTIER BALNEUM BLUE CREATURES

Big-eyed Walrus
Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack

Special Defense
Native World

Blunt-tailed Crocodilian
Large Carnivore
1d10
Medium
+5/50
170
60
5d10 Electrical burst
Electrical burst- Once per turn, this
creature can cause an electrical burst
that will cause damage to anything
within 5 meters. Victims will be
stunned for 1d100 turns unless a STA
check is made.
Immune to electricity
Balneum Blue

Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack
Special Defense

Medium Carnivore
2D10
Medium
+6/55
100
75
2d10 Bite
None
Touch hide acts as a skein suit with no
maximum amount of damage that it
can absorb.
Balneum Blue

Native World

DESCRIPTION: The big-eyed walrus only vaguely resembles


a walrus. It is a purely aquatic creature and does not need
to surface to breathe. It can reach a length of 4 meters and
is usually a light greenish-brown color along its back and a
light pink color along its belly. The big-eyed walrus uses its
tusks to dig through the sediment on the sea floor while it
searches for mollusks to eat. When threatened, the creature
can emit a burst of electrical energy, causing damage to
anything within 5 meters.
Art by jan222 @ http://jan222.deviantart.com/
DESCRIPTION: This creature can grow to a length of about 3
meters. It is dark gray along its dorsal aspect and generally
light gray, almost white ventrally. It tends to roam the seas
in packs as there is safety in numbers and it makes it easier
to wear down prey. As such this creature can easily harass
and kill creature many times its size and they do so on a
regular basis.

Sail Worm
Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack
Special Defense
Native World

Large Carnivore
1d5
Medium
+5/50
165
65
4D10 Bite
None
None
Balneum Blue

Cyclopic Squid

DESCRIPTION: The sail worm is a particularly viscous


creature it a mouth full of dangerous teeth. It can reach a
length of up to 5 meters and is usually a tawny, mottled
color with brightly colored frills; purples, blues and reds.
It is very aggressive and will investigate and attack anything
that is smaller than it. It likes to hang out in crevices and
beneath debris on the sea floor and depths no greater than
100 meters.

Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack
Special Defense
Native World

Medium Carnivore
1d10
Medium
+5/55
100
60
2d10 Bite
None
None
Balneum Blue

DESCRIPTION: The cyclopic squid is a one-eyed creature


that is about 3 meters in length and is usually a dull gray
color. It is generally a fairly docile creature but will attack if
approached too closely or harassed.

CREATURES OF THE FRONTIER

Pugilist Prawn
Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack
Special Defense
Native World

Armored Shark
Medium Carnivore
1d10
Medium
+7/70
30
75
2d10 Pummel
None
None
Balneum Blue

Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack
Special Defense
Native World

Large Carnivore
1d10
Fast
+6/60
150
65
4d10 Bite
None
None
Balneum Blue

DESCRIPTION: This large prawn can reach a length of 2


meters. It varies in color from dark reds, black and browns
in an irregular mottled appearance. The pugilist prawn has
two claw-like modified legs positioned at the front of its
body. The creature is able to quickly strike with these
modified legs and deliver a solid, pummeling attack with the
back edge of the 'claws'. Once a victim has been dispatched,
the prawn then uses those same claws to skewer the corpse
and tear at it in order to break it up and make it easier to
consume.

Deep Maw
Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack
Special Defense
Native World

Giant Carnivore
1
Medium
+5/45
300
55
6D10
Six arms allow for four attacks per turn
None
Balneum Blue

DESCRIPTION: The deep maw is a gigantic cephalopod with


six arms and a gaping, tooth-filled mouth. The beast
measures about 50 meters in diameter from arm tip to arm
tip and about 15 meters from the base of the arms to the
top of the mantle.

Art by Raul Ramos @ http://daitengu.deviantart.com/


And
http://www.deviantart.com/users/outgoing?http://raulram
osart.blogspot.com/
DESCRIPTION: The armored shark is a reptilian, shark-like
creature that can grow to a length of 5 meters. They are
usually dark gray in color with a light gray belly.
It has a nasty disposition and will attack anything that is
nearby whenever it is hungry. Though they are usually a
solitary beast, they can quickly gather and form a frenzied
school when there is blood in the water. In this way they can
often be seen swarming over much larger creatures,
eventually killing and consuming them.

This creature is absolutely voracious, attacking and


consuming anything that is smaller than it is and even
some creatures that are larger! It is attracted to movement
and noise and will investigate anything that it thinks might
be edible.
Being a cephalopod, the deep maw can slip into rocky
crevices that are easily 1/5th its size in pursuit of prey or if it
is fleeing something more dangerous than it is. It can also
exist for short periods of time (1-2 hours) out of water and
will sometimes follow prey into cave systems on the sea
floor that lead to air-filled chambers. Victims of the deep
maw will sometimes hide in these cave systems in an
attempt to flee, but the deep maw has adapted to such an
environment and will go right in after them.

CREATURES OF THE FRONTIER BALNEUM BLUE CREATURES

Mottled Shark
Tentacled Slug
Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack

Special Defense
Native World

Giant Carnivore
1d10
Medium
+5/45
250
55
5d10 Bite
The grappling tentacles of this creature
can entangle their prey, causing
immobility while the modified tongue
can go about the business of live
dissection. A STR check is required to
break free.
Immune to sonic attacks
Balneum Blue

Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack
Special Defense
Native World

Giant Carnivore
1d10
Medium
+6/55
250
60
6d10 Bite
None
None
Balneum Blue

DESCRIPTION: The mottled shark can reach a length of


about 13 meters. It has two pairs of long pectoral fins which
makes it an agile swimmer. It also has two modified fins that
look something like trailing streamers which are used during
mating. The creatures sport a stripped pattern of colors
over their hides of alternating gray and light gray which
makes them difficult to see amongst the mottled light
patterns in the water when they are between the surface
and a depth of about 75 feet where they hang out most of
the time. They feed on anything smaller than themselves.

Squid-faced Crocodilian
Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack
Special Defense
Native World

Art By Semiconductor @

http://semiconductor.deviantart.com/
DESCRIPTION: The tentacled slug is a large slug-like beast
that can grow to a length of about 6 meters and a height
and width of about 3 meters. It is usually a collage of colors
ranging from sickly greens and yellows to putrescent orange
colors.
s creature will attack and consume anything that is smaller
than it is. It uses its tentacles to grapple with its victim.
Once grappled, the creature will extend its tongue which is
equipped with a set of muscular jaws that contain hundreds
of triangular, serrated teeth which are especially good at
cutting through flesh and bone. Once a lump of flesh has
been cut away from the struggling victim, the tongue will
recoil so that it can be swallowed. Then the process is
repeated until the victim manages to break free or until the
creature has eaten its fill.

Medium Carnivore
1d10
Medium
+6/60
100
75
3d10 Bite
None
None
Balneum Blue

Art by Vincent @ http://v4m2c4.deviantart.com/

DESCRIPTION: The squid-faced crocodilian can reach a


length of about 3 meters, though some 4 meters specimens
can be seen from time to time. They tend to be a gray-green
color with a light brown underbelly.
These creatures are moderately aggressive and will attack
anything that is smaller than they are. They are wary beasts
though and will usually flee if their prey puts of a decent
fight or if something larger shows up to challenge their
claim to the prey. Bright lights also tend to ward them off.

CREATURES OF THE FRONTIER

Beaked Shark
Type
Giant Carnivore
Number
1d2
Move
Medium
IM/RS
+5/50
Stamina
225
Attack
55
Damage
6d10 Bite
Special Attack
None
Special Defense None
Native World
Balneum Blue
Art by abiogenisis @ http://abiogenisis.deviantart.com/

Its fin configuration enables it to move with speed and


grace through the waves. It can turn quickly even at top
speed, almost at right angles. This creature tends to stay in
shallower seas as its coloration blends in well with the
water at shallow depths.

Clawed Eel
Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack

Special Defense

Native World

DESCRIPTION: The beaked shark can grow to a length of


about 9 meters. Its skin is a gray-green color and it has an
odd, beak-like mouth that is filled with vicious, dagger-like
teeth.
This creature is aggressive and will attack anything that is
smaller than it is.

Bi-winged Squid
Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack
Special Defense
Native World

Giant Carnivore
1
Fast
+5/50
225
55
5d10
None.
None.
Balneum Blue

DESCRIPTION: The bi-winged squid is light blue-green in


color and can grow to a length of about 6 meters. Its jaws
open from side to side and resemble the beaked jaws of a
dolphin, complete with cone-shaped teeth. It has four eyes,
two above its jaws and two below. This gives it an excellent
range of vision to enable it to track prey above, below or on
either side.

Medium Carnivore
1d10
Medium
+6/55
75
70
2d10 Claw
A successful RS check allows the beast
to take a second attack against the
current target with the other claw that
turn.
Armored shell partially covers the
creature and can withstand 100 points
of damage before the creature is
harmed. The shell is hit 60% of the
time.
Balneum Blue

DESCRIPTION: The clawed eel can reach a length of 3


meters and is a mottled dark gray and brick red color. It is
short-tempered and will attack anything that draws too
close. It primarily hunts fish that are smaller than it in size.

Armored Fish
Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack
Special Defense

Native World

Medium Carnivore
1d10
Medium
+5/55
70
60
2d10 Bite
None
Armored hide can withstand 50 points
of damage before the creature will be
harmed
Balneum Blue

DESCRIPTION: The armored fish can achieve a length of


about 2.5 meters. It is covered with thick scales that act as
armored plates to protect the fish. Its coloration is a greengray mottled pattern that allows it to blend in well to the
sandy bottom of shallow areas. It has two barbels on either
side of its mouth which it used to sift through the sediment
on the sea floor in search of hidden creatures to eat.

CREATURES OF THE FRONTIER BALNEUM BLUE CREATURES

Flowering Worm
Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack
Special Defense
Native World

Medium Carnivore
2d10
Slow
+4/40
20
40
1D10 Piercing tendrils
Three piercing tendrils attack per
turn
None
Balneum Blue

DESCRIPTION: The flowering worm is a mimic creature. It


looks like a flowering plant to entice small fish closer. But
once they come within range, the worm strikes with its
tendrils.
The worm's tendrils have a claw-like structure on the end
which, when the tendril is thrust forward, penetrates into
the target's flesh. Once a tendril has a firm hold, it
continues burrowing through the victim's flesh until it stops
thrashing. Then the victim is drawn into the worm's mouth
and swallowed.
The flowering worm doesn't move about much as it is an
ambush predator. Its tendrils can reach about 3 meters from
where the worm has anchored itself.

Three-jawed Whale
Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack
Special Defense
Native World

Giant Omnivore
1d10
Slow
+4/40
650
60
10D10 By being crushed inside the
mouth
None
None
Balneum Blue

surface craft could accidentally be capsized or submersible


craft damaged by a passing pod of three-jawed whales.

Spiny Crocodilian
Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack
Special Defense

Native World

Giant Carnivore
1
Medium
+5/50
400
55
10d10
None
Armored hide can absorb 100 points of
damage (evenly split between the
armor and the beast until the armor is
penetrated).
Balneum Blue

DESCRIPTION: The armored crocodilian can reach a length


of 25 meters. It has a row of spines along its back that
stretches from just behind its head to the base of its tail. It
is an indiscriminate eater and will go after anything that is
smaller than it is. This creature is attracted to noise and will
always investigate noises that it perceives.

Bi-winged Whale
Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack
Special
Defense
Native World

Large Carnivore
1d10
Fast
+5/50
200
65
3d10 Bite
None
None
Balneum Blue

Art by abiogenisis @ http://abiogenisis.deviantart.com/

DESCRIPTION: This whale can grow to lengths of up to 200


meters. It swims in pods of 2-9 other whales and can usually
be seen at or near the surface. These whales are
opportunistic feeders. They simply swim slowly about with
their huge mouths gaping wide open, swallowing anything
that happens to be caught inside once they close their
mouths. Upon closing, the jaws of this whale press firmly
against the beast's tongue, crushing everything inside and
forcing the water out through the seams where the jaws
meet.
When swimming about, these whales don't seem to pay
particular attention to their surroundings. In this way,

CREATURES OF THE FRONTIER

DESCRIPTION: The bi-winged whale's skin is covered in a


mottled black and white coloring. It has no tail. Rather it
propels itself through the water using a dual pair of fins
designed to make the creature fly through the water like a
bird through the air. It is quite a graceful and fast swimmer.
Its jaws are also strangely configured; six jaws all total that
form a cone when closed and look somewhat star-shaped
when opened each jaws is covered with cone-shaped
teeth. It can grow to a length of about 5 meters.
These whales are particularly fond of hunting pinnipeds and
will often hunt in groups. They could mistake submersible
craft for prey and attack them.

More Animals of the Frontier


By Victor M. Gil de Rubio

Small

Medium

Large

creature or that particular species has been


successfully transplanted throughout the Frontier
which is often the case for Animals that are used
for food , pets or steeds.

Animal, Herd
Description: The stats listed below are for a wide
variety of grazing animals common throughout the
Frontier. These animals generally travel in herds
and are often domesticated and used as food by
the native population of the planet they are from.
Though individually these animals do not pose
much of a threat, large groups of frightened herd
animals can pose a much greater hazard as they
flee from danger and trample anything in their
way.

Huge

Number

20+4d10

20+2d10

10+2d10

1d10
+2d5

Move
IM/RS

20m
7/70

20m
6/60

15m
6/60

10m
5/50

Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special
attack
Special
defense

20
1
1-2
Trample

40
1
1-5
Trample

60
1
1-10
Trample

80
1
2-20
Trample

Alertness

Alertness

Alertness

Alertness

Native
world

Varies

Varies

Varies

Varies

This will hopefully be one of several Articles that


will offer up many new Animals for use in your
Star Frontiers Game. Ive chosen to include only
animals that exist in the inhabited worlds of the
Frontier and Rim Coalition. Some of these animals
have been domesticated by the people of the
Frontier, and some might even be considered as
pets. I would also like to say that entries that
denote a creature as coming from various
homeworlds most often means that there are
several species that are almost identical to the

A frightened herd flees as a group in a random


direction (but always away from the perceived
source of danger). They literally run over
anything of their size or smaller that gets in
their way dealing damage for every five animals
in the herd. Characters caught in the path of a
frantic herd must roll a Reaction speed check
with a -5 to the roll for every five creatures in
the herd.
Unless otherwise stated by the Referee herd
animals have exceptional hearing and/or vision
(treat as having an intuition of 60) and can roll an
Intuition check with a -5 penalty per 5 points of
Dexterity over 50 possessed by the approaching
creature to detect their approach within a range
of 30 meters.
Most herd animals tend to live their lives
migrating across the landscape of their planet
grazing on whatever plants are abundant on the
planet, or using their snouts or fore-limbs to dig
up ground dwelling insects or small rodents which
they eat. Most herd animals are docile creatures,
though they are excitable. They generally have hardy
constitutions as well.
Herd animals are very social creatures, and the
only time that a single creature of this type is
encountered usual means that the creature is old
or sick. Herd animals usually mate once a year

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and a large percentage of these creatures mate


for life. Most female herd animals give birth after
2-5 months and bear live young. Smaller herd
animals may give birth to 2-5 young at one time,
while larger herd animals give birth to one calf.
The young calf is usually cared for its parents, but
can expect much assistance from other members
of the herd, especially when it comes to
protecting calves from predators. Calves grow to
maturity rather quickly growing to maturity usually
within one year, and can defend themselves after
6 months.
Anthrope
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special attack
Special defense
Native world

two creatures in the group moving towards them).


An Anthrope who is startled will flee in a random
direction, but always away from perceived danger.
Any character directly in the path of a fleeing
band of Anthropes must make a Reaction speed
check (at -5% per Anthrope in the group) or they
are
trampled
suffering
1d5
points
of
damage/Anthrope in the band. Anthropes that are
cornered will charge at opponents and head butt
them for 1d5 points of damage. This is usually
done just to push the target out of the way so
the Anthrope can flee.
Anthropes are beautiful herbivores that live in the
wooded regions in the northern parts of the
planet. They group together in bands consisting of
an Anthrope family and are most active during
the early hours of the morning, or just after
sundown. Anthropes are docile creatures that
prefer to flee rather than fight, but if their cubs
are threatened the females can be vicious.

2 +1d10
20m
8/80
45
1 (Head butt)
1d5
Trample
Alertness
Cassidine

Descriptions: Anthropes stand 1.3 meters tall at the


shoulder and are about 1.9 meters long. They are
short furred creatures with refined features,
including a slender snout and two large almond
shaped eyes set in such a way that they have a
wide field of vision. An Anthrope has two pointed
ears on the top of their head that can move
independently from each other and can swivel
around within a 1800 arc allowing them a wide
range of hearing. Anthropes have four slender
limbs that end in a cloven hoof, and their tail is
short and spade-like. Anthropes fur ranges in color
throughout the grays and is generally dark along
their spine becoming nearly white beneath them.
Male Anthropes sport two small horn-like nubs set
right above their eyes.
Anthropes sense of vision and hearing is
exceptional which grants them a relatively high
Intuition (Intuition 60). This allows an Anthrope to
detect creatures long before they detect the
Anthrope. Anthropes make Intuition checks if
creatures are within 60 meters of it (30% +5% per

Anthropes are territorial animals that claim a


territory roughly 1 kilometer in diameter per adult
member of the band, that is centered around the
communal den of the band. The band usually
consists of an extended family of Anthropes. Twice a
year Anthropes with female cubs who have come
into maturity will seek out neighboring bands of
Anthrope where willing males will challenge other
males to contests or displays of strength and agility
with the winners choosing mates from the young
females. Once all the females in both bands have
been chosen by the victorious males they leave
their old bands and join their new families.
Females that have not been chosen that season
remain with their band and may be chosen when
they next come into season. It should be noted that
Anthropes mate for life.
Female Anthropes give birth to one baby after a
three month gestation period, and baby Anthropes
are blind and helpless for the first two weeks of
its life. Baby Anthropes are cared for by the
entire band, and grow to maturity rather quickly
(growing to maturity in one year). Anthrope
females remain fertile throughout their lives and
because of this Anthrope populations can become

CREATURES OF THE FRONTIER

a problem requiring Cassidinians to yearly have to


cull the Anthrope population. Fortunately Anthrope
meat is edible by most Frontier species. Yazirians find
Anthrope meat to have a type of sedating quality
to it, and many Yazirians become sluggish for
several hours after they eat Anthrope (-5 to
Reaction speed for 2-5 hours after a meal).

Anthrope, Golden horned


Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special attack
Special defense
Native world

1d5 +4
20m/turn
6/60
60
1 (either a head butt or
kick)
1d10
Trample
Alertness
Cassidine

Description: Golden horned Anthropes are related


to the common Anthrope of Cassidine, and can be
found in roughly the same climate as its smaller
cousin. These animals stand about 1.6 meters at
the shoulder and are about 2 meters long. They
have a stocky, muscular build with squarish
features, and large almond shaped eyes that are
set to allow it a broad range of vision. The
golden horned Anthrope has pointed ears that are
set on the top of its head and can move
independently of each other. Each ear can swivel
around in a 1800 arc giving the creature a wide
range of hearing.
The Golden horned Anthrope gets its name
because it sports two semicircular horns of a dull
bronze color that grow on either side of its head.
These horns are covered in scaly ridges. Once a year
old layers of horn flake off which coincide with
the weather becoming warmer. Golden horned
Anthropes are long limbed creatures with cloven
hooves. They all possess a short spade-like tail.
Golden horned Anthropes are covered by a shaggy
coat of golden tan fur. Males generally grow
exceptionally thick fur around their sinewy neck,

and as they age are known to grow beard like


tufts of chin fur.
Golden horned Anthropes sense of vision and
hearing is so exceptional that it grants them a
high Intuition (Intuition 60). This allows the animal
to detect creatures long before they encounter
the animal. Golden horned Anthropes make
Intuition checks if creatures are within 60 meters
of it (30% +5% per two creatures in the group
moving towards them). A golden horned Anthrope
who is startled will flee in a random direction, but
always away from perceived danger. Any character
directly in the path of a fleeing band of these
animals must make a Reaction speed check (at 5% per animal in the group) or they are trampled
suffering 1d10 points of damage/Golden horned
Anthrope in the group.
A Golden horned Anthropes that feels threatened
and cannot escape will either charge at its
opponents and head butt them for 1d10 points of
damage, or will rear up and lash out with its
forelimbs causing 1d10 points of damage on a
successful hit. Golden horned Anthropes can be
quite vicious opponents and rarely retreat if
cornered or defending their band.
As was stated earlier these animals are related to
the common Anthrope of Cassidine, but are only
found in the foothill area of the few mountain
ranges near the icecaps of the planet. These
hardy Anthropes tend to travel in small bands of
related Anthropes, and are led by a strong Alpha
male. All the adult female Golden horned
Anthropes in a band are all mates of the Alpha
male. Subordinate males in the band are usually
adolescent males who have yet to find mates.
These creatures are territorial and generally stake
a claim of about one mile per adult in the band,
and the alpha male defends this territory with
great ferocity. Once a year these animals go into
heat, and the eligible males in the band will begin
making a throaty call that can be heard for miles
in the hope of attracting a female. If he does
attract a female they remain together for life, and
will travel for several miles before claiming a new

CREATURES OF THE FRONTIER MORE ANIMALS OF THE FRONTIER

territory for their new family. Each season the


male repeats this process until he has gathered 39 mates.
A female Golden horned Anthrope gives birth to
one live young after a three month gestation
period. The just born Golden horned Anthrope is
blind and helpless for the first two weeks of its
life and depends on its mother for food and
defense. Golden Horned Anthropes grow to
adulthood rather quickly (within one year).
Golden horned Anthropes are edible to almost all
beings in the Frontier, though most people find
the meat to be tough. Yazirians are quite fond of
this meat, and often import these creatures to be
used in the High Hunt ritual before Gift-Tyde. Like
their cousins though Golden horned Anthrope
meat has a sedative quality that makes Yazirians
lethargic for several hours after a meal (-5 to
Reaction speed and Intuition for 1-5 hours after a
meal ).
Blue gill
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special attack
Special defense
Native world

1 (rarely 1-5)
Swim 10m/turn
7/70
60
1
1-10 +5
Jump
Resistant
to
damage
Cappella (Faire)

blunt

Description: A Blue Gill is a large fish that


averages about 2.1 meters from its mouth to its
tail. Specimens however sometimes grow to an
excess of 3 meters long. These fish are a dark
midnight blue in color except for around their gills
where the blue becomes milky in color. Blue gills
are nearly silent swimmers and prefer murky water.
Blue Gills are known to be able to propel
themselves out of the water to attack certain
birds that fly just above the surface of the ocean
hunting for fish that swim close to the surface.
Blue Gills can leap up to 4 meters requiring

characters to roll a Reaction speed check with a


penalty of -10 or they are struck by the Blue Gill
and suffer 1d10 points of damage. In addition if
they were standing on a boat or flying they must
make a second Reaction speed check or they fall
into the water.
Blue Gills have exceptional vision enabling them to
see in murky water up to 20 meters away. These
fishs bodies are covered by a fine layer of
interlocking scales much like a snake that provide
them with some defense against bludgeoning
attacks. Damage taken by these creatures from
bludgeoning attacks are reduced by -1 point/die of
damage and can even be reduced to zero
damage, due to their tough scaly hides.
A Blue Gill is able to swallow whole any creature
that is no more than 1.2 meters tall if they
succeed on a to hit roll of 01-05. A creature
swallowed by a Blue Gill suffers 1-5 points of
damage/turn from a combination of suffocation
and gastric acid. The being can attempt to escape
from the Blue Gill by cutting himself free if he
has a small handheld weapon (such as a vibroknife), but must cause 6 points of damage to the
Blue Gill to do so.
Blue Gills are a predatory fish that stakes a claim
roughly 10-15 kilometers in diameter. These fish
are indiscriminate eaters who are known to
occasionally bite a passing fish or swimmer just
out of curiosity.
Blue Gills are generally solitary fish that stay in an
area for as long as there is a steady supply of
food. Blue Gills have very few natural enemies. Once
a year Blue Gill females will begin a journey
northward, and will mate with several males,
depositing bunches of eggs in the few reefs that
they find along their course. These eggs hatch
after 3 weeks, and the young Blue Gills attack
one another for several minutes, eating the weak.
Once sated the survivors begin to swim towards
the deeps to begin their lives. A Blue Gill grows
to maturity in roughly 6 months, and it is
unknown how long a Blue Gill will live for.

CREATURES OF THE FRONTIER

Blue gills can be eaten by most Frontier races,


though their meat is rather rubbery it has an
exquisite taste.

Blue Terrapin
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special attack
Special defense
Native world

1-5
2m/turn, Swim 1m/turn
5/50
10
1
1-5 (+ Poison)
Poison
toxic hide
White Light

Description: Blue Terrapins are only found in


thickets or dense, overgrown swamp areas. They
have a dull blue-gray shell of about 2 decimeters
across and they have a 3 decimeter long snakelike neck that allows them to bite an opponent.
Blue Terrapins skin where visible is a royal blue in
color.
A character who is bitten by a Blue Terrapin must
make a Stamina check at -10 or they begin to
suffer from a fast acting poison that affects the
characters muscles. Starting the following turn
after the poison is injected into the victim
through the bite of the Blue Terrapin he suffers a
5 point reduction to his Dexterity and Strength
and suffers 1-5 points of damage as his muscles
cramp and spasm. This is repeated for 1-5 turns after
the initial effect. It should be noted that a creature
who is already poisoned by a Blue Terrapin
cannot be poisoned again by Blue Terrapin poison
for 24 hours. A character who has suffered muscle
damage from Blue Terrapin poison can only be
healed of this damage in a medical facility,
requiring major surgery to repair the damage to
the muscle tissue suffered by the victim.
Creatures who bite into a Blue Terrapin must
make a Stamina check or they suffer 1-5 points of
damage from the toxicity of the Blue Terrapin.

the planets swamps, and wetlands. They are


solitary creatures that stake out an area several
hundred meters in diameter that is centered on a
dirt mound that is where the blue terrapin lairs.
Once a year the male Blue Terrapins climb to the
top of their mounds and begin a gravelly, throaty
cry while they stretch out their heads upward as
far as they can. Females are drawn to the nests
by the males songs, and begin dragging reeds
into the mound until they have built a nest. Once
they have built an adequate nest the males will
enter the mound and the two terrapins will mate.
After mating the male will abandon his nest and
find a new territory. The female will lay a clutch
of 21-30 eggs, which she will look after until the
young terrapins are hatched after 3 weeks.
A female Blue Terrapin will eat any young who
she senses are not strong enough to survive and
afterwards will abandon the survivors. Blue
Terrapins will grow to maturity after a year, and
generally live several decades over a hundred
years. Blue Terrapins, are extremely toxic to most
races in the Frontier, though Humma find their
meat to have a pleasing sting to it.
Carp, Silverback
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special attack
Special defense
Native world

1-5
Swim 10m/turn
7/70
50
1
1-5
Jumping slam
none
Cassidine

Description: This fish is very similar to the Carp


found on Earth in appearance except that it
generally grows to about 1.9 meters from its
mouth to its tail. The fish gains its name because
of the bright silver-white scales that cover its
back. These scales become a rich silver blue on its
sides that becomes an almost black on its
underside. Silverback carp tend to swim near the
surface of the water and are easily startled.

Blue Terrapin are rather ill-tempered turtles that


dwell in thickets and reed beds on the edges of

CREATURES OF THE FRONTIER MORE ANIMALS OF THE FRONTIER

A startled Silverback carp can propel itself out of


the water crossing a distance of up to 5 meters
in a straight line, requiring anyone caught in its
way to roll a Reaction speed check with a -10
penalty or be struck by the fish. A person hit
suffers 1d10 points of bludgeoning damage and
must make a Dexterity check if they are standing
up or they are knocked prone (or knocked into
the water if they are on a boat).
A Silverback carp is generally not aggressive, but it
will bite if it feels threatened. These creatures
have excellent vision in the water being able to
see up to 20 meters even in murky water. They
also possess a web of hyper-sensitive nerve
endings along their snout which can detect minute
vibrations in water up to 1 kilometer away, which
the fish uses to hunt.
Silverback Carp tend to live their lives swimming
aimlessly near the surface of the Great Lake
region of their homeworld. They are easily startled
by larger things moving in the water and often
will jump out of the water rather than dive
beneath the waves.
Silverback Carp generally go into season twice a
year and the females release strings of eggs in
the water. Males will release clouds of gametes
which will fertilize as many strings of eggs as
possible. These eggs hatch after one week
releasing clouds of tiny Silverback Carp. If the
young survive their three month infancy they will
have grown to small size, and after another three
months they grow to maturity.
Silverback Carp are edible by most Frontier
species, and their rather large birth rate ensures
that the fish rarely drops to a level where they
become endangered.

Cave Raptor
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special attack
Special defense
Native world

10 +2d5
5m/turn, Flight 20m/turn
5/50
50
1 (Talons, or beak)
3-7 (1d5 +2)
Diving attack
Immune to blinding
attacks
Dixons Star

Description: The Cave Raptor is a medium sized


avian about 1.2 meters long with a wingspan of
about 2.4 meters. The Cave Raptor has dull white
feathers covering its body, and has blue-white
razor sharp talons, and beak. The Avians beak has
nostrils that are exceptionally large. Female cave
raptors are larger and more aggressive than the
males.
A Cave Raptor that gains surprise can make a
devastating diving attack against an opponent. The
Cave Raptor gains a +10 to its attack bonus when
making this attack, and if it succeeds it doubles
the damage it causes from its claws slashing its
prey.
Cave Raptors are blind creatures that possess
millions of nerve endings throughout their feathers
that are sensitive to changes in air density
enabling them to navigate in complete darkness
exceptionally well. The Cave Raptor can sense
beings moving at distances within a 40 meter
diameter area around the Raptor. Because of their
blindness Cave Raptors are immune to all manner
of blinding attacks.
These predatory avian have adapted to living
beneath the surface of their arid planet, and
thrive in the many dark caverns of their world.
Cave Raptors are social creatures that gather in
large numbers in many of the larger caverns
beneath the surface of Laco. These avian mate for
life and go into season once a year. The female
Cave Raptor generally lays a clutch of 2-5 eggs
which she sits on until the eggs hatch in 4 weeks.

CREATURES OF THE FRONTIER

During this time the male Cave


and provide food for his mate.
hatch, the two raptors take turns
for their young. Young Cave
maturity after 12 weeks.

Raptor will hunt


When the eggs
hunting for food
Raptors grow to

Cave Raptors seem able to sense when their


population has grown too large for the area to
support them, and at these times they will turn
on the old and young and kill off enough of them
until their numbers again reach a level that can
be supported by the environment. These dead
Cave Raptors though are not eaten by the other
birds and are left for other creatures to consume.
Ecologists speculate that this is done to draw new
prey into the area to insure the survival of these
creatures.
Cave shrike
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special attack
Special defense
Native world

4-40
5m, Flight 20m
8/ 80
10
1 (beak or talon)
1-5
Rake
Immune to blinding
attack
Zebulon, Volturnus

Shrikes are exceptionally vulnerable to sonic


attacks, and take double damage from sonics.
Cave Shrikes are social avian that have evolved to
survive deep underground on Volturnus. These
birds stake out a territory of caves and caverns
that run several hundred yards beneath the earth,
and are extremely territorial.
Cave Shrikes tend to live in large caverns deep
underground, and build nests of lichen, feathers
and fur from their victims in niches in the cave
walls. Cave Shrikes will attack creatures far larger
than they are who stumble into their territory.
Twice a year the female shrikes go into season
and begin to sing. The males are drawn to the
singing, and will mate as many times as they can
within a two week period.
Once the Cave shrikes are impregnated the
females lay 1-6 eggs after 2 weeks, and then they
will warm them for 2 weeks until they hatch. At
this point the just hatched young will attack their
mother and consume her, before flying off to find
their own groups of Cave Shrikes. Young Cave
Shrikes grow to maturity within 2 months of their
hatching.

Description: Cave Shrikes are small avian with a 5


decimeter wide wingspan. These avian have snow
white feathers, large gaping beaks with a serrated
edge and bluish white talons. These avian have
inaudibly high cries that only creatures with
heightened hearing can hear on an Intuition check
(1/2 Intuition roll). Cave Shrikes generally eat
fungus and lichens, but if starving can and will
attack other creatures.
Cave Shrikes are blind and use a form of
echolocation to navigate in the winding caverns
where they make their homes. This ability allows
them to detect creatures that are within 20
meters of the Cave Shrike. Because the Cave
Shrikes are blind they are immune to all manner
of light based blinding attacks. However Cave

CREATURES OF THE FRONTIER MORE ANIMALS OF THE FRONTIER

Kar'tix Xag-Xin's Field Guide to


Frontier Creatures, Volume III
By Allen Trussell

In 100 fy, the UPF commissioned a reference work


detailing known creatures of the Frontier. Led by Dr.
Kar'tix Xag-Xin of the Vrusk Institute of Xenotics on
Kawdl-Kit, this encyclopedia has compiled data of all
known flora and fauna, natural and engineered, found
throughout the Frontier. Presented here is an excerpt
from that collection.
Charrik
Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack
Special
Defense

Native World

Tiny Omnivore
1-4
Medium (50 meters/turn)
8/80
5
50
1d3 bite
None
Shriek (the charrik emits a loud
shriek in an attempt to scare
enemies. Characters must make a
LOG check to avoid becoming
frightened, fleeing from the charrik if
possible)
Groth; plains and forests

Description:
This tan-furred creature looks much like any variety
of small rodents (rats, squirrels, rabbits, etc.). It has
large incisors, a sleek body and bushy tail. The charrik
differs primarily in its complex vocalizations, which
many xenolinguists have classified as a primitive
language. Generally peaceful, these creatures have
developed a powerful scream which can drive away
predators. If raised from pups, charriks can be
somewhat domesticated, and can serve as excellent
living alarms.

Danager's Ripper
Type
Medium Carnivore
Number
1-3
Move
Fast (100 meters/turn)
IM/RS
7/75
Stamina
70
Attack
80
Damage
2d10 bite, 1d10 claw (x2)
Special
Pounce (Danager's rippers can make
Attack
a running leap of up to 30 meters,
and make a single attack which deals
2d10 damage if successful), Rend (if
a Danager's ripper makes successful
bite and claw attacks, it can deal an
additional 1d10 damage without an
additional attack roll)
Special
None
Defense
Native World Terledrom; desert, plains and jungles
Description:
Danager's rippers are predators covered in short,
tawny fur. Standing on two powerful hind legs,
rippers are just under 1.5 meters tall, and over 2
meters long, snout to tail. The claws on their feet and
the hands of their tiny, dangling arms are long and
sharp, especially the 12 cm long dewclaw on their
feet. Despite their general appearance suggesting a
reptilian or avian creature, rippers are closer to
monotreme mammals, laying eggs but nurturing their
young in with milk from teats.
Danager's rippers are a protected species, as only a
few thousand of these creatures exist in the wild.
Some unscrupulous types capture these creatures
when young and raise them to become attack animals.
It is illegal to own these creatures.

CREATURES OF THE FRONTIER

Douterre
Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack

Special
Defense

Native World

Large Herbivore
1-6
Medium (40 meters/turn)
4/40
150
60
3d10 gore
Trample
(when
rushing
an
opponent, the douterre makes an
attack at +30, dealing 4d10 crushing
damage as it runs over its target)
Bony hide (thick bony plates cover
the douterre, making it immune to
needler weapons and all other nonenergy attacks are reduced by half)
Kdikit; savannah and scrub plains

Description:
Douterres are huge, lumbering beasts with bad
tempers. An adult douterre is 4 meters high and just
as long, and is covered in thick, bony plates under its
gray-brown skin. Its large head has several long, sharp
horns, and its eyes that jut out on either side, allowing
it vision on either side of its large body. This vision is
poor except close up, though it keeps the douterre
alert to motion on all but its rearmost quarter. It is
very hard to surprise a douterre; it has an effective INT
score of 80, but only for the purpose of noticing
motion or detecting stealthy enemies.
Fahgren
Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack

Special

Medium Carnivore
1-2
Medium (60 meters/turn)
6/65
75
80
3d10 bite
Bloodlust (each combat turn, the
fahgren has a 20% chance to enter
bloodlust, which increases its attack
and STA by 20, and gives it an extra
attack every turn. This state lasts
until the end of combat or the
fahgren dies)
None

Defense
Native World

Kdikit; deserts, jungles, savannah and


scrub plains

Description:
Fahgrens are a reptilian menace on Kdikit, and have
proven difficult to eradicate due to their fecundity.
Measuring 1.7 meters in length, with dappled and
striped hides, these fanged predators are adept and
dangerous predators, using stealth, speed and their
powerful jaws to take down prey, which is anything
that draws its attention.
Hiss'teh
Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack

Special
Defense
Native World

Giant Carnivore
1
Medium (70 meters/turn)
5/50
360
65
7d10 bite
Swallow whole (any creature the
hiss'teh bites can be swallowed
whole, taking 3d10 damage per turn
while in the creature. A swallowed
creature may escape if it can do 45
points of damage to the hiss'teh,
taking a -30 penalty to attacks)
Burrower (see below)
Lossend; deserts

Description:
The hiss'teh is a very large reptilian predator. A
subsurface dweller in the Zakram desert of Lossend, it
has a rust-brown coloration that blends with these
ochre sands. It is a plated horror, with numerous
small limbs along its sides that allow for rapid motion
through and atop the sands (its burrowing and land
speeds are the same). Its huge maw can open wider
than its body, much in the manner of most serpents,
allowing it to swallow most creatures. As a burrower,
the hiss'teh can attack from surprise, and can only be
noticed before it attacks on a successful INT check at 40. Its plated hide is adapted for its subterranean
existence, giving it protection equal to a skeinsuit (half
damage from all non-energy attacks).
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similarities in appearance, there are many who believe


the hiss'teh is the basis used by the Sathar in the
creation of slithers, but the two creatures share no
DNA. While these creatures are rare on Lossend, they
are considered a menace and large bounties are
offered for the destruction of hiss'teh.
Hrassk
Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack

Special
Defense
Native World

Medium Carnivore
1-2
Fast (90 meters/turn)
7/70
90
80
2d10 bite
Heat breath (the hrassk can exhale a
cone-shaped area of intense heat,
out to 10 meters, dealing 1d10 heat
damage to everything in the cone)
Heat resistance (a hrassk can ignore
up to the first 10 points of heat
damage inflicted upon it)
Pale; volcanic regions

Description:
This reptile is 2 to 3 meters in length, with a wedgeshaped head which is ringed with a frill. The beast's
scaly hide is reddish-brown in color, and the male's
frill is bright with vivid red, orange and yellow
patterns. Hrassk are hunter-scavengers, seeking the
path of least resistance when searching for food. They
are generally not hostile, but are dangerous when
hungry, in danger or during the mating season, when
males become especially aggressive.
Lhoric
Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack
Special
Defense
Native World

Tiny Energyvore
1-10
Very Slow (5 meters/turn)
2/20
10
20
1 point bite
Energy beam 1d10
Energy drain 1d10 SEU per turn,
beam attacks heal for 1d10 per hit
Laco; any terrain

Description:
The lhoric is a pest found throughout Laco, especially
in highly industrialized areas. Originally a natural solar
feeder, the lhoric has adapted over the centuries to
feed on other energy sources. These tiny, silvery
mollusks feed on power cables, SEU clips, power
beltpacks and backpacks, and so on. While they can
bite, their main defense is to fire a beam of focused
energy at an attacker. Their ability to heal from
energy attacks, as well as their rapid breeding (like
slugs, lhorics are hermaphroditic, and each mating
makes both fertile partners pregnant), makes them
difficult to eradicate. Lhorics have made their way off
Laco as well, and can be found throughout the
Frontier and Rim.
Mastaral
Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack
Special
Defense
Native World

Giant Herbivore
1-6
Slow (35 meters/turn)
4/40
300
50
1d10 stomp
Trample (2d10), Gore (1d10), Ram
(2d10)
Thick hide (acts as a skeinsuit)
Hargut; plains and deserts

Description:
This a huge, shaggy creature, with four large tusks
and two curved horns on its massive head. Generally
non-aggressive, when threatened mastarals are
dangerous. A mastaral in defense mode will typically
stand its ground, and charge if its aggressor doesn't
back off. Once a mastaral charges (at a +30 to attack),
it will trample and gore anything in its path. Its thick
hide and shaggy coat provide it protection against
many forms of projectile damage. Mastarals are
otherwise foul-tempered and foul-smelling beasts
best avoided.

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Syrrith
Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack

Special
Defense
Native World

Small Carnivore
1
Medium (70 meters/turn)
6/65
20
70
1d10 bite
Fluid siphon (when a syrrith bites, it
attaches itself to the victim and
drains 1d10 points of STA per round.
A victim bitten by a syrrith can
remove the creature with a
successful STR check at -20)
None

Truane's Hound
Type
Number
Move
IM/RS
Stamina
Attack
Damage
Special Attack

Gollywog; swamps and forests

Description:
Contrary to common belief, there are some animals
native to Gollywog; one of these is the syrrith. A
syrrith looks like a small snake with a membrane on
either side of its 50 cm long body, but it is more
properly a mollusc. Syrrith are ambush predators,
waiting in tree branches and gliding down upon prey
by spreading out their side membranes. Once a
syrrith successfully bites, it then wraps itself around
the prey, holding on tightly and begins to drain body
fluids (blood, bile, etc.).
*: This creature has been adapted from the article An
Alien's Best Friend by Darron Patton.
**: This creature has been adapted from the article
Zeb's Guide to Animals of the Frontier by Victor M Gil
de Rubio.

Special
Defense

Native World

Medium Omnivore
1
Slow (25 meters/turn)
5/50
75
60
2d10 bite
Engulf (when Truane's hound
attacks, it may engulf any prey up to
one size larger than itself.
A
character may make a RS check at 30 to avoid this. Once engulfed, a
character make escape on a
successful STR check at -60. An
engulfed character takes 2d10
damage per turn while engulfed.)
Adaptive Form (Truane's hounds are
adept at shaping their bodies into
any sort of animal, plant or
inanimate forms. A character may
make an INT check at -50 to notice
some imperfection that reveals the
false form of the hound.)
Pale; any terrain

Description:
Truane's hounds are rarely seen in their natural
form, which is a translucent, brownish blob of flesh,
around 1.5 meters in diameter. More often, the
hound is encountered disguised as something else,
where it waits for prey. Truane's hounds are
dangerous predators, and detecting them has proven
difficult as they produce no discernible body heat and
thus cannot be detected with IR sensors. Thankfully,
they are rare, and usually avoid the civilized areas of
Pale.

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